‘There are a number of people who don’t want to live in close proximity with anyone,” said Mark DeGroff, of the rescue mission. “They don’t feel like they fit in ‘normal’ society. That’s why they want to live so remotely. They deserve our love and they need our help, and we want to help them.”
DeGroff said it is important for the social service and law enforcement agencies to work together to find the homeless in Topeka on the “Point in Time” count day and for “wraparound” services throughout the year.
“We don’t want to enable them, but we do want to help them stay alive,” he said. “We do want to love them and we do want to wrap services around them and we do want to work together so we know where people are so that we can help them.”