To fight homelessness in Lynchburg, it takes a village

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“I think if we share together, we can live together,” said Richard Floto.

He works for free where he can, helping people on construction and other projects. He sleeps in shelters, on the grass, and under church awnings.

He says his humble life brings him closer to God, and in return, the community helps him meet his needs.

“I try to fellowship with people along the way and eat, pray. Actually, I have never had a problem having food.”

Several nonprofits in Lynchburg help with essentials like food, clothes, and housing.

On Monday, dozens of businesses and organizations came together to learn how to help fight the root causes of homelessness.

“What can your organization do, and what are some of the things that can help us to put on this board that we can say, yeah we’re going to act on this,” said Reverend William Coleman, speaking to the attendees.

The idea is that the entire city working in tandem can eliminate homelessness by addressing issues such as mental illness and unemployment.

“It’s a good thing to know how and under what circumstances you can collaborate to help people who have the greatest needs in the city,” said Terrick Moyer with the Lighthouse Community Center.

In Richard’s eyes, there’s a lot of love in Lynchburg.

“For people who are poor, I’ve been totally provided for here.”

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