The Wichita Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team is doing some great work! We love this story that Officer Nate Schweithale shared of a man who just 5 years ago would through the doors of the homeless shelter... and this year walked out the doors of WSU with a degree!
His post reads:
I try not to talk about work, but I'm pretty proud of one of our homeless today. He's given me permission to post this. 5 years ago when I started our Homeless Outreach Team, I had contact with a homeless man named Earnest. Earnest had no addictions or mental illness. He was homeless because he was somewhat crippled because he was a two-time state champion in TaeKwon-Do along with being in construction. This eventually took a toll on his body and he could no longer do the things that made him money. Eventually, he found himself homeless. Earnest volunteered at the homeless day shelter and ran the laundry room. We became friends because we met during a meeting at the day shelter. I found him to be a joy and extremely intelligent. We talked about getting him out of homelessness. Because he was physically disabled, he was saving up his disability checks for a vehicle and then he would get an apartment. After about year or so, he did just that and bought a beautiful BMW. He then moved into his own apartment and started college. Today I'm proud to say he received his degree from Wichita State University and is getting into IT work!