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'Sleeping in the Arms of the Lord': Homeless Count 2019

Lori Davis-West, a Catholic Charities consultant and HOPE count volunteer, said that when she asked men and women she met in her assigned area, Murray Hill in Manhattan, if they had a place to sleep, most, plagued by their own inner demons or external fears, refused city-sponsored van rides to shelters, saying they felt safer on the streets. 

One guy said he was sleeping in the arms of the Lord,” said one Catholic Charities Hope count volunteer. “It’s like a parallel universe,” Ms. Davis-West added. “The same streets upper and middle income people, bankers and school children walk during the day are where homeless people sleep at night.”

Read more on the Catholic Charities Blog.