JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Megan Dillard - How many times have you walked or driven by a person who appears to be homeless, sitting on a sidewalk, or lying outside a building.
Do you ever ask them if they need help?
Be honest: the answer is probably no or almost never.
Here's the story of two men: one down on his luck and the other trying to help him get a second chance.
"We have all this freedom and don't do what we're called to do."
Kenneth Brown wasn't always a good samaritan.
"The things I used to do I don't do anymore, and I'm just trying to set an example of what Jesus would do." N
ow his darkened past of drug and alcohol use is behind him.
Brown has a bright outlook on life and a new mission.
"There's a lot of people out there that don't have anyone, and as Christians, we're supposed to step in and help people like this."
People like 55-year-old Alvin Meier.
"I noticed that he was on the street, sleeping there next to the hospitality center."
Brown has tried to help find Alvin a place to stay for about a week and a half.
"We gotta catch the bus, come on, just leave your stuff, let's go."
"I got in touch with social services and they just kind of overlooked him."
Alvin came here from Houston with no family, no identification, nothing.
He eats at the Port Arthur Hospitality Center during the day and sleeps outside at night.
"I believe everybody deserves second chances. We all fall short. We all have mistakes."
Today Brown is trying to help Alvin get back on his feet.
"They wouldn't hold the bus?"
After facing setbacks... "We missed the bus, but Marina is about to come pick us up." ...the pair keeps moving forward.
A trip to the social security office results in good news.
Alvin may be able to stay at a nursing home.
"I'll get it Alvin."
So the group packs up and heads to Vidor Manor.
"Let's go Alvin!"
"Nice to finally meet you!"
While living here might not be the final answer, Brown says it's at least a step in the right direction.
"I don't want to see people going through the same thing I went through. If I would've continued on the path that I was, I could be Alvin."
"He's going to sleep good tonight. Better than outside, that's for sure."
Alvin may be able to stay at Vidor Manor, depending on paperwork and his medical history.