Letters to the Editor

Letters | Sister's gratitude for Valley's help for the homeless

I want to express my gratitude to you in reference to your articles on the homeless in our area.

My name is Mary Jeffers. I had a brother who was profoundly mentally ill and homeless for years until his life ended tragically on April 29, 2011.

To hear that the police forces of the Valley keep a watchful eye on these individuals and actually take the time to connect with some of them is most touching to me. Then to have total strangers, who may not have a loved one in these situations, extend themselves is, to say the least, heart-warming.

My brother chose to be homeless for his own very distorted reasons, and we as his loving family were at a loss of how to help him. We had explored options and intervened repeatedly with the courts, and with him, but our hands were tied. To have someone you love so much and have so many positive memories of him in such desperate straits is devastating. I appreciate your shedding light on this condition, and to those of you who care, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mary Jeffers, sister to Brian Graves

North Bend


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