After 32 Years and 5,600 Miles, a Homeless Man Returns to the Children Who ‘cry for Me Every Day'

A Dallas homeless shelter does what it can to help its guests get back to their families — even if that family happens to be 5,600 miles away.Gershon Campbell, 74, is the Austin Street Center's "longest homeless guest." On Monday, he will board a plane back to Sierra Leone, where he has two adult children and a large extended family waiting for him, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports."It's time to go home to my family. My children, they cry for me every day," he told the station.He hasn't been back to the West African country for 32 years.WFAA-TV reports that Campbell, who is known at the shelter as "Mr. C," came to Dallas in search of "very good living." He worked as a janitor and for 15 years owned and operated an ice cream truck.Health problems have since limited his independence: open heart surgery and, now, a struggle with diabetes. He says "it's a long story" when asked how he became homeless.Daniel Roby, executive director of the Austin Street Center, told WFAA that the goal, whenever possible, is to help the homeless reconnect with families."Whatever we can do, no matter how far we need to go, in order to end someone's homeless experience, we're all in," he said. "We'll do whatever we can."So the shelter got a plane ticket for Campbell with the "help of great partners" who also paid for half of the cost for a relative to accompany him, according to a GoFundMe page. The page seeks money to cover the rest of the relative's ticket, as well as for incidentals to help get Campbell back home and on his feet. As of Saturday evening, the effort to raise $1,820 had been surpassed, for a total of $2,000.  Continue reading...

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