LYNCHBURG, Va. – “This is like a dream for me come true,” Milford Smith said.
It’s a dream come true for Smith as he walks through his new home.
He spent 20 years of his life sleeping on the streets of Lynchburg. Most of that time was spent under the John Lynch Bridge.
“I had tents set up. (I'd) say, 'You want to be somewhere laid down and you out on the streets? Come on.' I didn’t charge anybody nothing,” Milford said.
Miriam’s House, a non-profit organization that helps homeless people in the Lynchburg-area, found Milford.
“Our outreach worker went under the bridge, engaged with him and he was very eager to engage with services and start working on a housing plan,”said director of housing services for Miriam’s House Kristen Nolen.
In 2018, Milford was one of the first people to sign up under Miriam’s House’s new street outreach program.
A whole year went by when he almost called it quits.