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Jobs program aims to employ panhandlers and homeless


March 21, 2019

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ben Morrison and his friend Tenesha Beasley were cold and hungry and homeless recently, so they stopped by In the Spirit Christian Church hoping to find a welcoming space and a warm meal.

What they got was a chance meeting with a 68-year-old former cocaine addict.

Call it their lucky day. Many years ago, in the throes of addiction, Gerald Keene spent a year homeless in New York City. These days, he drives the A Better Way van three days a week, offering panhandlers a day's work, a day's wage and a chance to turn their lives around.

The program, a collaboration between...

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