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A safe place to sleep is something many people take for granted but the reality is that is not an option for many others.

 

Jason McComb of St. Thomas, Ont. is passing through the region on a journey across Canada to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people, many of whom are not in their situation by choice, but rather circumstances beyond their control.

In the case of 37-year old McComb he has been in a homeless situation several times spanning 21 years of his life.

During his journey, he has slept in shelters, abandoned buildings and vehicles, the floors of businesses and other places that provided a brief respite from the elements.

McComb was in Truro on Monday, aiming to make his next stop New Glasgow to bring attention to the issue and deliver his message that homelessness is unnecessary and needless.

McComb launched The Walking in the Free World trek on April 1 and anticipated it will take about 16 months complete.

We applaud him for his efforts to bring an issue to light that is often hidden in the dark.

In Pictou County we are now fortunate to have organizations such as Roots for Youth, which provides shelter and services to teens and young adults, and the LifeShelter.

The LifeShelter is a clear example of the community coming together to address a need. It all started when a homeless man set up camp in front of the church. At the time there was nowhere for him to go. Driven by volunteers like Keith Hazzard and with tremendous community support they were able to renovate part of the building to make it a shelter.

The Roots House was also born out of necessity.

People like McComb remind us of the importance of these groups and the need to support them.

Many would be out in the cold without them.

Organizations: The Walking, Roots, Roots House

Geographic location: St. Thomas, Canada, Truro New Glasgow Pictou County

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