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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –A Thomasville organization is giving a homeless veteran a place to call home for the holidays.

The Jack Reid Memorial Foundation says its Mustard Seed House is now open to other veterans in need, a full month earlier than planned.

We spoke with the house's first resident, retired U.S. Navy veteran Marvin Goar, who is proud to show off his modest bedroom.

"It's a relief to have a roof over your head and a place to lay your head until you can work things out," he says.

That's because just last week, Goar was homeless.

"I can remember the first time I slept in a park," he recalls. "It was so cold that night."

Goar has a job but says the economy has been a challenge to overcome.

"Lately it's been a struggle. I can't hardly seem to make ends meet. It was one of the worst times of my life."

That's when Thomasville's Mustard Seed House stepped in and changed his life.

"We knew we had this building and even though it wasn't in perfect condition," explains Hazel Moon, director of the Mustard Seed House. "So we got him set up pretty quickly, got the water turned on and all the basics."

Goar moved in on Thanksgiving Day and volunteers greeted him with a dinner, clothing, and a pantry full of groceries.

"It felt good. It really did," Goar says with a smile on his face. "They've all been so wonderful."

"I can tell you that the people who worked hard to get this place open are all pleased and we love him. He's a great tenant," Moon told us. "As you can see he is in such great humor and he's such a kind-hearted person."

Goar expressed his gratitude by doing yard work and helping workers prepare the house for future veterans.

"He's taken such good care of the property which we couldn't be happier about," Moon explains. "Since we are now open we expect the demand to keep growing. My phone has starting ringing and we hope to move more veterans into this building. "

But Goar says it's the least he could do, "I'm just so thankful and I appreciate the opportunity."

The opportunity to get his life back.

The Mustard Seed house also provides social outings for veterans.

 
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