FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Did you know that more than 100 people sleep on Fort Wayne's streets every night?
Men and women who sleep outside are just some of Fort Wayne's homeless. Others share space with friends or relatives.
But those who lay their head on a rock instead of a pillow say they're looking for a hand up, not a hand out.
"It's hard living on these streets. You know, it's like, I don't want to be on the streets no more. It's hard out here."
27-year old Heather carried her belongings in a book bag and made the streets her home for three years before getting her own apartment.
"I slept out here in snow. I slept out here, rain, when we had this ice storm I was out here. It's hard," Heather says.
After being turned away from shelters, she learned from others where to get a hot meal, extra blankets or a shower.
Donnie Foster was homeless on the West Coast.
Now in Fort Wayne, every Sunday night for the past four years, he's walked the streets, offering cheeseburgers to homeless people and bringing them dry donated sleeping bags and clothes.
"They have to wait in a line of 50 people long, and if they don't have it here, they have to go across town to Wayne Township to get this, or they have to go to the other church to get this, or Social Security office to get this. and everything just seems they're always running to get something that all of us take for granted and that's warmth. Or food. Or just a hello," Foster says.
Foster says society's misperception is that all homeless people choose to be that way.
"Minimium wage, no job or the job market is down. And these guys are looking for work, but then you come to the fact of maybe they don't have clean clothes, maybe they haven't had a toothbrush or a haircut or something," Foster says.
To learn more about Fort Wayne's "Facing Homelessness" project, you can visit the downtown library on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
To donate to Donnie Foster's tax-deductible organization, call him at (260) 415-6317.
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