Filipino Missionary Makes Lancaster Ave. His New Mission

One man in Fort Worth is helping homeless people along Lancaster Ave. any way he can.

(Published Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

Fort Worth's Lancaster Avenue is lined with homeless camps and when the weather gets this cold, the city urges those folks to move inside. But not everyone chooses to stay in a shelter. Tuesday night, NBC5 rode along with one man who's helping anyone he can.

"We're entering Lancaster Avenue," said Salvador Cariaga, exiting I-35 on a route he knows by heart, because it's his heart that leads him there.

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That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
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Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"There are nooks and crannies that you wouldn't think somebody would live, there are people living in those places," said Cariaga. "I bring sleeping bags, tents, clothes, anything that the homeless people need."

On Tuesday he took it a step further, to bring the homeless in out of the cold.

"Welcome to our homeless mobile," Cariaga said to a couple as they loaded into his minivan.

Cariaga circles the streets looking for those in need, in a city and a country that's not his own.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"I'm a missionary in the Philippines, I fight poverty and help break the cycle of dependency," he said.

While visiting family in Fort Worth, he decided to see Lancaster's homeless camps for himself.

"I got hooked,” said Cariaga. “I got to know some people and the people's lives drew me towards them."

Now he visits Lancaster nearly every day bringing small gestures that go a long way, like handing out cups of hot tea.

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"It just makes me feel very special,” said Joe Ray. “It lets me know that there are caring people in this world, still."

So caring, that Cariaga's mission doesn't end on the streets. On one of the coldest nights of the year, he's putting up a dozen men and women in hotel rooms.

"It's a blessing. It really is," said Susannah May, one of the women trading the frigid outdoors for warmth in body and spirit.

"That's what I like about Sal,” May said. “He gives people chances but he don't have to do it."

Eight people were injured in an accident captured by video in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan. The 62-year-old driver and eight members of the Amakusa High School handball team aboard suffered light injuries and were taken to a hospital. A school employee said the driver was nodding off.

(Published Monday, March 26, 2018)

He calls it a homeless retreat, complete with a guest speaker who urged the group to seize the new year as a fresh start.

"The great thing about a new year is that it's new."

And this new year is starting inside: four walls filled with promise.

"I believe that we should be missionaries wherever we are,” Cariaga said. “And let them know that somebody cares."

A vehicle backed into a cafe in Washington state Thursday, narrowly missing a customer. The SUV came through the front of the Foxy Lady Cafe in Burlington, Washington Thursday. The SUV took out walls, windows, and tables, causing significant damage to the cafe.

(Published Monday, March 26, 2018)

For more information about Cariaga’s mission, visit: https://www.facebook.com/cariaga