FREEPORT (WIFR) – The number of homeless in Freeport is growing and even more people with a roof over their heads are finding themselves struggling to find basic necessities. Now, a local church group is trying to help change things.
Terry Curry says he never liked to consider himself homeless, but that’s exactly what he was until he moved into the hero house in Freeport a week ago.
“I find myself very comfortable, thank God. I was living on the street, I was cold I went to the Sheriff’s Department and they took me to a homeless shelter and after then everything’s been uphill.”
Curry says the Freeport Area Church Cooperative gave him an apartment at the Hero House which gives shelter to homeless veterans. Curry served in the army.
Today the FACC received a $15,000 donation and held a fundraiser collecting over $10,000 more to keep helping our local heroes and anyone else in the Freeport area who is hungry or homeless.
“You need to look out for others and help others. You do what you can and you feel good about those you could help and help get to the next spot,” said Dean Wright.
“It’s a bad thing for any person to be neglected or homeless it’s especially important and for us to take notice when it is someone who has given of their time and put their life on the line for their country,” says Georgianna Gleason.
Curry feels he’s one of only a few veterans that get the help they need but he notices society is reaching out to service members more today than ever before, making the military man proud.
“I am a patriot, I’m very proud of my country. I thank God that they got a flag flying front of this building and I represent that. I’m warm.”
The FACC told Curry he could stay at the hero house as long as he wants and right now, three other once-homeless vets are also living there. Currently, the Hero House has two open spots.
The organizations say they plan on expanding their Hero House program in the next couple of years and hope to obtain another building.