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They are seen everywhere especially in more populated towns and cities As they are coming down the sidewalk others cross the street to avoid them feared by some who dont understand them Rarely are there offers of help or comfort to their already depressing lives or their stories asked about Yet in many homes filled with loved ones or friends people wonder how to help The growing homeless population is unavoidable One man has been reaching out to those who are being avoided doing what is talked about doing His name is Reverend Larry Rice whose work with the homeless dates back to 1975 Leicht 2011 He recently has opened his parking lot for the homeless who are able to spend the night finding peace knowing they are safe and off the streets Rice would like to see a piece of land in Springfield city limits for the homeless to be able to spend the night off the streets With the approaching colder weather many of the homeless find shelter in vacated homes since many of the shelters are filled Alley ways and store fronts during the night become a home There is no safety from the elements of weather or cruelness of others As one homeless gentleman spoken to known as Charles says they are often beaten in the middle of the night He claimed to have been urinated on by a passer-by one night Charles 2011 The need for their safety is clear for some it is a matter of life or death Rice is just trying to help avoid the later There are rules that are in place and have been followed without incident from his guests as he calls them Each guest must register by four pm and are locked in at the nine pm curfew He has provided a portable toilet emergency phones and fire extinguishers just in
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