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Homeless Vet Provides Hospitality to Walkupiers in Winston-Salem

The Walking Occupation (“Walkupiers”) marching from Washington, DC, to Atlanta, GA, were in Winston-Salem, NC at the end of 2011 and on January 1st, 2012. They stayed at the Marvin Methodist Church’s Stained Glass Playhouse with access to the church’s kitchen and other facilities. This arrangement was made possible by the efforts of Tom Garner, homeless veteran.

I have been meeting many homeless people lately with serious illnesses or handicaps unable to receive treatment. The vicious circle often starts with the consequence of getting a job to avoid being homeless, not provided to those who are employed. The job can’t pay for medical treatments, the bureaucratic nightmare starts while medical costs accumulate, and the person ends up homeless too ill to work again. Tom is in that category with severe rhumatism crippling his hands.

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