A few Thursdays ago, Mr. Ledbetter helped police in Nashville apprehend two burglars:
Nice catch by a man who sleeps under the stars....As Ledbetter made his way to the church the night of May 15, he noticed someone else had gotten there first. "By the time I got up there, I saw the window was already broken out," Ledbetter said.
"I didn't hear anything, but I saw the window. After a while, I heard some glass moving," he said. "Next thing you know, I see somebody moving around in there."
Burglars had broken in and ransacked part of the building. Ledbetter caught them in the act. He says he grabbed his phone, called 911 and waited until police arrived.
The alleged thieves, police say, are Chelsea Bomar and John Quinton. Quinton admitted to police he has broken into several other churches in the area and a local business.
At Woodland Hills, the couple allegedly stole a flat-screen TV and a computer monitor and were coming back to take more when they were caught...
Asked about his plight, the homeless man stated that he had suffered a run of bad luck and had moved to the area from Virginia.
It is often easier to identify people on the streets as "just the homeless" without recognizing that each individual has a story: The homeless population is heterogeneous.
Those who made poor choices.
Certainly, mental health and/or substance abuse are often catalysts as well.
And some who suffered their share of bad luck.
But each has a story.
Friend of the blog and health care professional "Monica" recently shared a series of tweets about a young homeless male veteran in her California community.
She and others have been trying to talk him into getting help.
Monica has involved the mayor's office, but the soldier is not currently interested.
They are not going to give-up though.
A working guy down on his luck helps capture two burglars.
A young soldier walks the streets suffering.
The heroin addict lies in an alley focused on his next fix.
A registered sex offender lives in a tent off the beaten path to comply with court-ordered residency requirements.
Each of the homeless has a unique story, and it is important not to forget that.