Local Organization Helps Homeless Man Become Registered Nurse 1/18/14
CBS 7 News
January 18, 2014
"I got the crusading bug and decided I'd go out and help homeless people and the fact is, I ended up homeless myself."
Larry was a registered nurse for 18 years. A couple years ago, he gave up his career to help homeless people.
It wasn't long before he'd used up his entire life savings on his mini-crusade.
"I found myself on the street with just the clothes on my back. I was living under a tarp," says Larry.
One day in May, he stumbled upon Church Under the Bridge.
He admits, at first, he just came for the food.
"My nursing license expired, my drivers license expired," he says.
Larry realized Church Under the Bridge could offer so much more than sustenance. They, along with other area churches, helped him get a cell phone, interview clothes, even renew his nursing license.
Just recently he interviewed for a nursing job, and much to his surprise, he was hired on the spot.
"Making 28 dollars an hour. That's not exactly grand for an RN but it seems like a fortune to me right now," says Larry.
Now that he has a full-time job again, Larry is looking for a permanent place to call home.