Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Texas Community Steps Up For Homeless Navy Veteran and Cat

A man and his cat: Community steps up to help Navy vet, Cheech
Weatherford Democrat
By Sally Sexton
March 7, 2016


“In just one week, awesome people [who share the same Roo Heart] have chipped in and worked with me so that Pat will no longer be homeless,” Hollis said.
For the last several months, Navy veteran Pat Nolan and his feline companion had called a parking lot their home.

But earlier this week, that all changed when the community stepped up to help the two find more suitable and permanent housing.

Nolan, 63, and Cheech moved to Texas from Seattle almost five years ago and, after losing everything following a job venture gone wrong, the duo have been living out of Nolan’s truck in the Walmart parking lot.

“I’ve had nothing but bad luck since I’ve been in Texas,” Nolan said. “I’ve had several jobs down here but none of them have worked out, and once you get kicked out [of a living facility] there’s no place to go.”

That all changed on Friday, when Nolan was presented with a used but clean travel trailer, purchased through donations.

Back in December, Nolan had a chance encounter in the parking lot of Walmart with Annie Hollis, a Weatherford Noon Lion Club member who was ringing the bell outside for Salvation Army.
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