Homeless in Havelock

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Richard McFall, 72, of Havelock, sits in a room at the Sherwood Motel in Havelock last week. McFall said a relative he had been living with told him he had to get out, leaving him homeless. Out on the streets, he turned to the Havelock Senior Center and then got help from the Disabled American Veterans organization, which paid for a week’s stay in the hotel. That week ends on Thanksgiving.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

If he doesn’t get some help, Richard McFall could be spending Thanksgiving on the street.

McFall, 72, a Navy veteran, had been living with a relative until last week, when he said that relative told him he had to leave.

On the streets, he wandered into the Havelock Senior Center and ran into Robert Branscome, a janitor at the center. He tried the Religious Community Services homeless shelter in New Bern, but there was no room.

McFall spent one night at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, receiving treatment for a painful leg. A minister then paid for McFall to spend a night in the Palace Motel in New Bern.

The Disabled American Veterans chapter in Havelock then paid for a week’s stay in the Sherwood Motel in Havelock, but that week runs out on Thanksgiving.

“It’s just a desperate time. We see it every day,” said Juliet Rogers, director of shelter

services at Religious Community Services in New Bern.

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