Chad Cherry 
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Re: “One woman’s exploration into the Springs’ homeless problem


I have been trying to help and understand the problem of homelessness. I have taken in, housed, fed, helped the homeless in our area one on one. I agree with everything you say and I do have a little insight from my perspective. This group of people have multiple different complications that hinder their ability to live in "1st" world situations. I am not stereotyping homeless people, but there are a lot of psychological, physical, criminal, and social disorders that plague the homeless population. I have had success in helping the homeless with "Jason" (late 30s) I picked up off hwy105 in Monument walking from Denver to the Springs. After 18 days of personal and financial support he moved on to a substance abuse rehab in N.M. I have also failed helping in helping the homeless with "Chris" (26) a Colorado Springs native. I supplied showers, clothes, shelter, food, job, dog food, friendship, bike, hygiene products,and ect for 2.5 months with no success. Chris was a user who had no internal drive and showed no want to improve his life. Without me he would of lost reasonable employment at Village Inn in the first week.
There has to be rehabilitation and continued monitoring before trying to assimilate homeless people into modern society. I love my fellow Americans and want to help, but this is a complicated problem which requires more than just a place to live. I have also bought bus tickets for homeless out of Colorado and taken hitch hikers around and I ask them all questions about their situations. I have learned once a person losses everything it is like drowning and all you can do is look at the surface of the water from underneath. A proposed operation has to be done on a small scale and will require a lot of money. I recommend veterans as a test group for potential housing and rehabilitation efforts since they have already done something for others and their country.
I have a nonprofit group called Vets Working 4 Vets (facebook) and I have personally funded it. We try to help with winter assistance packs for homeless Veterans. VW4Vs gives 30 packs to homeless veterans through the V.A. I now have friends and family who believe in what I am doing and pitch in funds. I am a 100% disabled Veteran and I served in the Marines and Army from 97-11 and tour in Iraq. One of my closest friends died at 63 a Vietnam Vet who lived on the streets for 20 years and for the last couple years of his life he got his disability and a home though the toll of the streets killed him in the long run. The streets are a hard place and winter is coming. Thank you for your time and efforts for our fellow countrymen and humans.

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Posted by Chad Cherry on 12/21/2017 at 9:15 AM

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