Community effort to help homeless senior and dog in extreme weather reunites family

“I’m brought to tears at their kindness and generosity.” A homeless senior and his dog will be reunited with his family following efforts by a Williams Lake couple who were worried about him due to the extreme cold. It all started Saturday evening when Williams Lake resident Christine Habsburg, who had been noticing the man and his dog living out of his truck for some time, started worrying about how he was going to fare in the -30C weather. She made a Facebook post, it went viral locally, the community of Williams Lake stepped up in a big way and, since, Habsburg has been contacted by the man’s sister he has not been in contact with for 30 years, who has reached out to bring him and his dog to her home in B.C. “I was concerned about him so I said I was going to post something on Facebook about maybe gathering him some blankets and something warm,” said Habsburg, who works for Changing Directions and extremely high-risk Aboriginal youth. In the meantime her husband, Marcel Habsburg, went and purchased a room at the Lakeside Motel for the man overnight Saturday. “He was very reluctant to accept it and said ‘you shouldn’t feel obligated,’ then he paused for a long time and said we should go get our money back,” Habsburg said. Read more here >>>

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