They say that we will want them to get sober and get a job.
But what you're bringing is hope.
You're not telling them to get the job, get off drugs. That's not helpful
You have to meet them where they area.
Housing authority is important. Section 8 becomes very important. It's an educational process for landlords and others.
When it comes to housing authority need to set priorities on how it helps people.
Housing authority is very important part of process.
Police chief and sheriff will bring important perspectives as you start the process.
"I chose the road less traveled and I don't know where the hell I am." He shared this quote and said don't be like this person.
He's called a homeless person to the stage.
He's sharing his story now.
Two years ago, he walked into Rescue MIssion and they gave me meals, bed and clean clothes.
I now volunteer 13 hours a day at mission.
"I sleep in my own bed now, have my own home. My own furniture."
He credits Rescue Mission for getting him clean. Been 16 months sober now.
We need to get over the idea of "those people," Pendleton says.
My guess is that 2 or 3 of you have been homeless.
"He's a child of God," Pendleton says of the speaker.
Members of audience sharing their experiences about being homeless.
Pendleton: They are citizens of our community.
Don't lump homeless in with criiminal activity.
Getting applause for that.
They are our brothers an our sisters.
Last March I met with a group of prostitutes Eight of them had 32 children taken by the state.
I learned that some of their pimps were their husbands or boyfriends.
Medical workers came out and two of them knew these girls. They helped get them out and get jobs and new lives.