Man delivers care packages to city's homeless

Haven for Hope outreach manager fills van every day

By Erica Hernandez - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Ron Brown fills a van with essential items and hits the road every day to deliver the supplies to the city's homeless.

"I just wanted to do something. (I) never knew it was going to be a calling of mine," Brown said.

As the outreach manager at Haven for Hope for almost seven years, Brown has seen firsthand the struggle many people go through.

"And to be honest with you, everybody doesn't have a story of addiction or substance abuse," Brown said, adding that for "a lot of them" it's "just ... life."

He's known and trusted by many of the homeless in San Antonio. As soon as his van pulls up, he greets them with a handshake and reminds them that he can help them get off the street whenever they are ready.

"I don't make promises I can't keep," Brown said.

Anyone who wants to help the cause can donate items at Haven for Hope. Brown said the most requested items are travel size hygiene products, which are easier to carry around.

The homeless problem in San Antonio isn't new, but Brown believes people are becoming more willing to receive help. And he's always ready to lend a hand, whether it's the season of giving or not.

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