What better way to start the New Year than with a fresh start. Alan Duffany, a homeless man who lived on the streets of Sacramento, California for years finally got a new beginning. His story began with a Christmas wish that was then granted by two good neighbors who lived in West Sacramento who wanted to help him out.
For years Duffany was homeless and struggling to survive. He frequently visited Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit homeless organization in Sacramento where he received free meals.
“He was a nice, quiet guy,” said Joe Smith, a staffer at Loaves and Fishes. “He never disturbed anybody. He was always really grateful when he came here. And it’s nice to hear something good is happening for him,”
Duffany’s journey began when he befriended Stephanie Rice and Jody Revak. “Every day, I would drive past him and I would hand him a dollar here, quarters there,” Revak said. “About two days ago, I was driving up and I rolled down my window and I said, ‘Alan if there was something I could get you for Christmas, what would that be?'”
Duffany did have one request. “I just want to get home to see my sister,” Duffany said about Rose Cooper, who had moved to Tennessee years prior. The two women bought him new clothes, and a bus ticket to get to Tennessee.
However, something went wrong. Duffany should have arrived Christmas day – but he got off of the bus in the wrong city. “Yeah, I got turned around between Nashville and Knoxville,” Duffany explained.
Duffany was lost for two days before re-boarding the bus to see his sister. And now he’s got a fresh new start – and a permanent place to live.
“The two ladies that helped me – they are my angels,” Duffany said.
“They really are angels from God,” Cooper agreed.
However, Rice and Revak don’t see themselves as angels. Revak told local news sources she just wanted to do the right thing. “I just wish that everybody would be kind to one another,” she said. “It just takes one helping hand to another.”
Henry Twilling, a staffer at Loaves and Fishes was delighted to hear the outcome. He said, “At least a couple of times a week, I get to see the blessings of someone going home.”
Twilling said he’s seen some homeless guests “reconnecting with their family or getting into a shelter.”
Duffany called Revak and Rice to thank them and tell them how grateful is for their help, and to wish them both a happy New Year.
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