Ron Hall/Eden Village – 11/04/19


THE ONE AND WELCOME BACK. NOVEMBER IS HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS MONTH. WHO BETTER TO TALK ABOUT IT THAN NONE OTHER THAN NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, INTERNATIONAL ART DEALER, PRODUCER AND HOMELESS ADVOCATE, MR. RON HALL. AND DOCTOR DAVID BROWN AND LINDA BROWN, FOUNDERS OF THE GATHERING TREE AND EAT IN VILLAGE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT AWARE, TELL US ABOUT YOU KNOW, THE VILLAGE AND GATHERING TREE. GATHERING TREE WAS A CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS THAT WE STARTED IN 2010. AFTER WE MOVED DOWNTOWN. AND WE DID THAT AND BY DOING THAT FOR THAT PERIOD OF TIME, WE MET A LOT OF FRIENDS. WE MET A LOT OF FRIENDS, HAD GREAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND SO HOW EDEN VILLAGE CAME ABOUT WHEN YOUR FRIENDS HAVE TO GO IN A TENT WHEN IT IS CALLED TO BE SAID SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. Tom: I LIKE RIGHT AWAY HOW YOU SAID FRIENDS, NOT THE HOMELESS, LIKE A SEPARATE GROUP OF BEINGS THAT ARE NOT LIKE US. SO THEN YOU HAVE EDEN VILLAGE JUST ON THE STREET BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK, IF YOU WILL, AS I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A TRUE STORY, THIS IS NOT FICTION YOU’RE PUTTING OUT. 100 PERCENT TRUE STORY. IT IS REALLY, THE SAME IT WAS A NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AFTER A SELF PUBLISHED IT. THEN THE PUBLISHER PICKED IT UP. NO ONE WAS INTERESTED IN A ART DEALER BEFRIENDING A HOMELESS MAN. Tom: THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN TOO OFTEN! IT WENT TO NUMBER ONE ACTUALLY. BUT REALLY A LOVE STORY, A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION, FRIENDSHIP AND A STORY OF MY LATE WIFE, HER NAME IS DEBBIE. SHE HAD A LITTLE DREAM ABOUT A HOMELESS MAN THAT WOULD CHANGE OUR LIVES. SHE ASKED ME TO GO WITH HER INTO THE INNER CITY IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS AND ASKED FOR THE MAN OF HER DREAMS. Tom: AND YOU FOUND HIM. DID WE EVER!IT TOOK A FEW WEEKS BUT WE FOUND HIM AS HE WAS GOING TO CALL EVERYONE IN THE ROOM OF A BIG HOMELESS MISSION THERE ABOUT HUNDRED 50 OR 300 IN THE ROOM HE BURST IN AT THE END TO KILL. HE SAYS I’M GOING TO KILL WHOEVER TOOK MY SHOES. AND SHE SAID THAT IS THE MAN IN MY DREAMS! AND I SAID WHO?SHE SAID THE ONE THREATENED TO CALL EVERYONE! Tom: THIS IS A MOVIE AND THEY WERE SHOT AT THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE AT 6:40 PM. TALK ABOUT TOMORROW WAS HAPPENING AT EDEN VILLAGE. WE WILL HAVE OPEN HOUSE AND THEY WILL ACTUALLY COME OUT AND HAVE LUNCH WITH RESIDENTS AND THE RESIDENTS WILL COOK A MEAL FOR RON. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A DINNER TOMORROW EVENING FOR A LOT OF OUR DONORS AND APPRECIATION TO THEM AND THANKING THEM FOR WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE ASKED RON TO COME SPEAK TO THE GROUP SO HE WILL DO THAT TOMORROW EVENING. Tom: IF YOU CAN SHARE ONE BIG THING YOU HAVE LEARNED OF THE WHOLE PROCESS. WHAT WOULD IT BE? THE THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IS THAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE HOMELESSNESS APART FROM LOVE. YOU CANNOT CHANGE HOMELESSNESS APART FROM GIVING THEM DIGNITY. THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE IN SPRINGFIELD AND THAT’S WHY I’M HERE. BECAUSE LINDA AND DAVID IS NOT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE IN AMERICA IS DOING. THIS IS GROUND ZERO FOR A PROJECT THAT WILL CHANGE HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA. Tom: PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE STORY AND YOU WILL BE THERE AS WELL AT THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE. AT THE ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE. Tom: TONIGHT AT 6:40 PM THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE AND COMING TO SPRINGFIELD. UP NEXT, IT IS TIME FOR EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SEGMENT,

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