Havelock helps homeless vet get back on his feet in time for Christmas

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 08:56 AM.

“From the first time I met him to today, he’s a completely different person. He’s cheerful. He’s got his confidence back, and now he knows that people do care for him,” said Brady, director of the Havelock Senior Center. “The most important thing that has to be said is that when a person is evicted, it made him quite depressed, but now he’s a changed man.”

When McFall showed up at the center, his head was hanging low. He looked like a man with only a few dollars in his pocket.

Bob Branscome, janitor at the Senior Center and member of the committee for distressed veterans for the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, took McFall home so he could wash his clothes. He fed him and spent time with him. Bob Warren, chaplain for the same organization, also took him home. The DAV got McFall a room at the Sherwood Motel.

Brady then called the Havelock News, which featured the downtrodden man on its front page on Thanksgiving Day in a story on homelessness in Havelock.

“Once that article came out, people were just overwhelming, going up to his hotel room and leaving cookies and cakes and just showing that they care,” Brady said. “Some people just came by to say thank you for your service. It says Havelock has a lot of caring people in it.”

People have come from all over to help. McFall got a good deal on an apartment to rent. The VFW made a large contribution towards his rent and deposit.

“The knitting group has kind of adopted him and gotten him a lot of things that he needed,” Brady said. “The (Senior Center) Advisory Board has gotten a lot of things that he needed.”

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