Homeless crisis in West Virginia

Top Quote Homelessness is a huge crisis across the United States; statistics suggest there are over 100 tent communities across the country. End Quote
  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) February 28, 2016 - On Friday March 4, Northern Books will officially release of Tent City: Tragedy Turned Triumph. Paperback books and eBook formats are available for purchase online today, but paperbacks will not be available locally in stores until March 25.

    Controversy surrounded Charleston when Mayor Danny Jones ordered police and city workers to tear down the tents and tarps constructed by the residents of Tent City along Elk River; discarding box after box of their possessions. Most residents lost what little personal belongings they did have; questioning the mayor's true intentions.

    After the mayor ordered Tent City to be dismantled on the coldest day of the year; several members of the community took measures to help the local encampment residents. The book invites the reader to join the community in their journey to get Tent City residents off the streets and to find a permanent solution to long term housing.

    The book was written by the founders of Advocates United for Humanity and National Bestselling local author Donna Kshir, and co-writers Lee Roberts and Laurie Smith-Tornerup.

    Kshir, Roberts and Tornerup penned several heart felt chapters and poems based off several Tent City residents personal experiences and those of Andrew Palmer, the creator of "West Virginia's Most Wanted" and local man who was once homeless himself, who helped local encampment residents get off the streets and into The House of Hope. The book features several guest writers; Rev. Darick J. Biondi and Papa Don who share their opinions, views and personal bouts with helping the homeless.

    The book is dedicated to Kshir's life long friend and former Renovo resident Terry Wadsworth Rink. Mrs. Rink reached out to Kshir to bring attention to the homeless crisis affecting her community. Rink also can relate to the residents of Tent City, as she too was once homeless.

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