The Brightside: Local man dedicates life towards helping the homeless

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Jim Martin is no stranger to helping the homeless. Over the last ten years or so, Martin has helped countless people get back on their feet.

Martin said, “Seeing the battles that people are in, I thought that my life was bad, you know? I just saw how much they needed help, you know? I was like I can help you, I can help you get some basic stuff, we’ll do it, we’ll figure it out, you know?”

You see, Martin knows all too well what its like to be homeless.

“I was in Wilmington, I was homeless at the time, jobless. I was going through a divorce and I was dealing with active addiction at that time,” he said.

Martin was able to overcome his homelessness with the help of a drop-in center, a facility that allows homeless people to pick up food and connect with resources, as well as a sober living home.

Once Martin was in a good place, he decided he wanted to give back, so he helped open up 23 sober living facilities in the area.

Martin said, “I just made it my mission to open up as many sober living homes as possible.”

In 2019, Martin started working at the Shepherd’s Office, a drop-in center in Georgetown. At the Shepherd’s Office, Martin holds daily food distribution events and, when he can, he hooks people up with job opportunities. There’s another special service Jim offers at the Shepherds Office though, a platform for people to tell their stories.

Martin allows those in need to do Facebook lives on his page in order to get a helping hand from the community. In the past, the Facebook lives have helped people to find a bike, a place to stay, even a much needed car repair.

Martin said, “I think it all revolves around kindness really.”

Martin’s overall goal is to help people see themselves differently and show them that they too can overcome homelessness.

Martin said, “I flip the tables around on them I try to get them to see that they’re in power to do something and they can do something they like.”

Martin is always willing to accept help from others. If you would like to volunteer for Martin, you can simply send him a message on his Facebook Page by clicking here.

As for Martin’s food drives, he holds them Monday through Friday at the Shepherd’s Office.

The full schedule is below:

Monday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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