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Reaching Out

Posted - Dec. 22, 2004 at 8:53 a.m.



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The Eyewitness News the other night featured a thought-provoking story about a man who is reaching out to help those who are chronically homeless.

Patrick Martinez is pouring what few resources he has into starting up a garage where he hopes to repair cars. For employees, he fully intends to hire those who are now on the streets without either a job or a home. He’ll train them, he says. Many of them are veterans, and as a veteran himself, he believes all they need is an opportunity. And he’s willing to put up with their personal challenges and idiosyncrasies to give them that break.

We don’t know if Martinez will succeed. The obstacles are enormous. We hope he does.

Regardless, his story reminds us, especially during this festive season, of the plight of far too many of our fellow citizens who find themselves down and out and in need of a helping hand. It’s a reminder of the impact one person, potentially, can have in reaching out to offer meaningful help.

In the spirit of the season, KSL expresses gratitude for those who are willing to sacrifice a bit of personal comfort and means to help others. While many sensitive people already do a lot for those in need, it’s clear many more of us could.

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