Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission / Used by permission

Due to a technical problem the first several minutes of this weeks show were not recorded.

Bill Beckett spoke with Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House, about Sleep Out For Independence a fundraiser and community awareness project about homelessness which takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12th,  at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. For information or to register visit Sleep Out 4 Independence here. 

Airs Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m. Myriad issues affect the homeless including how to find shelter, food, medical care or a new start. They can even face criminal charges for some common homeless activities such as panhandling in public.  Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m., Red River Radio’s Mental Health Edition of Health Matters will address homelessness. Hosts Dr. Mark Vigen and Shelley Visconte will be joined by Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House; and Rev. Henry Martin, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. Your calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502, or email them in advance to Health Matters producer Ranae Moran at rmoran@lsus.edu.

A group working to end homelessness in East Texas held its annual Point in Time Count Thursday. More than 100 volunteers worked with the North East Homeless Consortium to count all the people who are currently homeless in a six county region of East Texas. The consortium’s Karen Holt says data collected on this one day is used in grant writing and to shape priorities for local nonprofits.

Sharpes, Fla. carpenter Bryan Hein's work dried up when the housing market collapsed. He's since developed a nonprofit organization, the Eden Plan, to teach homeless people the carpentry and home building trade. Hein, 30, is walking about 2,600 miles to raise awareness. He hopes to arrive in Santa Monica, Calif. by mid-December. Hein is passing through Ruston and Shreveport this week.