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October 06, 2021

Сouple Take Homeless Man 600 Miles Away to Reunite with His Family Who Thought He Was Dead

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Reaching out to people can sometimes seem like a far-fetched notion, but not for this couple, who helped reunite a homeless man with his long-lost family after 15 years.  

Some stories are so heart-touching that they leave a lasting impression on us long after they've been told. Dawn and Jodi became a beacon of hope for a homeless man who had been living on the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, for over a decade. 

James had become a familiar face for people living in the area, including the husband and wife Jodi and Dawn. They often saw him on the road while leaving for work. Jodi would see him while patrolling the streets while Dawn saw him on her way to the courthouse. 

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Dawn always wondered about James' life story and what had led to his current state of living. While James had earned a bad reputation over time for being unfriendly and mean, she knew there was more to him. Dawn further explained: 

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"James was just hungry. He was cold. He was eating out of dumpsters. James just had no resources and my husband and I just felt that there was something we needed to do to help him.” 

Dawn, who worked as a records specialist at the Pulaski County Circuit Court, mustered up the strength to ask James something that nobody had ever bothered to ask him before. She asked him why he was homeless. 

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Contrary to how homeless people are usually treated, Dawn wanted to treat James like a human. James told her he had lost all means of contact with his family and didn't know how to find his way back to them despite all his efforts. Dawn added: 

“I talked to my husband and told him we had to do something. James didn’t have the resources. We did Google searches and finally, my husband found some numbers.” 

After trying everything from phone calls, voice messages, and emails, Jodi and Dawn were successful in their efforts. It was around Thanksgiving that Dawn received a call back from his niece, who said that they had been looking for James and thought he was dead. 

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Soon afterward, Dawn and her husband arranged for James to talk to his family, which was indeed an emotional moment for him. But before the Giebers could reunite him with his family, they discovered that he had outstanding warrants in Little Rock. Dawn commented: 

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"I went before the judge and told him James’ situation and that we were willing to pay all his fees and the judge dismissed all charges.” 

While standing for James could have cost the Giebers their career, they didn't hesitate in helping the homeless man. After buying him new clothes and making all necessary arrangements, they drove James almost 600 miles near Illinois. 

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It was only a matter of time before James reunited with his long-lost family members, and all of it only became possible because of Jodi and Dawn's incessant efforts. 

James, who was once a homeless man with no hope of a better life, finally found his loved ones and is living happily with his family, all thanks to the Giebers who felt it was their duty to help a fellow human being in need. 

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