WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Vigilant Hope organization gives the homeless population in Wilmington a ray of light every day. Saturday was no different as they fed them breakfast, allowed them to shower, and offered free haircuts.
Juan Flores has been homeless for four years. His past has made it hard for him to find a job. Flores was arrested many times growing up after being involved with drugs and getting into fights. He knew it was time to turn his life around when people started pulling guns on him.
“It started getting to the point where that I was getting shot at,” Flores says, “People were coming up to me and just pointing guns to me."
He says friends would warn him to stop what he was doing because they were worried he’d either end up in prison or dead. That’s when Flores turned to Vigilent Hope and volunteered as a supervisor.
Vigilant Hope helps people in poverty. Jason Mitchell is an urban missionary for Vigilant Hope, where he sees a side of homelessness that many don’t give the time of day to think about. Mitchell says their a several misconceptions to homelessness.
“That all homeless folks are alcoholics or addicts or that they’re all dangerous or have criminal records or that they’re all just lazy and none of those things are true,” says Mitchell.
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