Homeless man pushes stuck cars to amazement of TV viewers

We’ve become a little reluctant over the years to pass along the “look at the nice thing a homeless person did” videos — homeless people are people too, fully capable of the kindness that others are capable of. On the other hand, it’s not as if the problem of homelessness has become overly humanized.

So, here.

It’s the story of Shelby Hudgens, a homeless man who helped drivers who were stuck in the snow in Colorado Springs.

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He says his house was destroyed by fire and he’s been living in the car with his dog since.

“I wouldn’t want to just be stuck there, spinning my tires. So anytime anyone wants to lend a hand, it’s always good. It’s just going to make the world a better place,” Hudgens said.

Predictably, people responded. One viewer put him up at a hotel. Another offered him a job, KOAA TV says.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to get a job just as quickly and everything will just keep snowballing and getting better,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, Florida, Thomas Rebman, a former teacher, is living homeless by choice, traveling the state and documenting the life.

He’s stirred up the dust by writing that a homeless shelter is dehumanizing.

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  • Jim G

    “Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, Florida, Thomas Rebman, a former teacher, is living homeless by choice, traveling the state and documenting the life.

    He’s stirred up the dust by writing that a homeless shelter is dehumanizing.”

    As the TV news mentioned at the end of their piece: It’s a good thing when we have a conversation on the topic of homelessness in America.

    • jon

      I believe I saw an article some where that said the cost of eliminating homelessness in america was about $20 billion… or most of the wealth of any one of the Walton family members (or either of the Koch bothers, either would only be worth a few billion after that)

      They didn’t specify how they’d end homelessness (which I think is an important part of the conversation)

  • Kassie

    Closer to home, the Met Council opened their Section 8 housing list for the first time in 8 years earlier this month. They expect 60,000+ applications for the 2000 spots. Saint Paul Public Housing last opened their waiting list in 2007. Minneapolis in 2008, when 14,000 applications were received in 2 days.

  • MN Knows_the_Journey

    and, indeed, being without housing–in a car–under a box—in a shelter–are all dehumanizing, when you can look from your space without housing and see mulit-million dollar stadiums being built (DT Minneapolis), condo towers selling at $1.75 million/unit, or so, and plenty of empty housing in vacant homes, empty buildings, etc. We have a way, but we do not have the will, to remove the blame from those who have been unable to keep pace with the rising costs of housing/healthcare/transportation/education, or have fallen into some series of circumstances, that the effort to remain in housing was finally lost (ONE incident doesn’t ’cause’ homelessness’, but a series of compounding situations, often tied in a tangle of consequent reactions). When by-standers look on helpless, it should not be surprising to them when those who come to being without housing say they come to feel dehumanized. They speak the truth, to you, or to another, with the power to make something different happen.