New place to stay for fire survivors

PARIS, TX -- Several men displaced by a deadly fire are settling into their new, temporary home.

The Christians in Action shelter in Paris, Texas, caught fire earlier this month, with nearly 30 men inside. Five of those men did not make it out alive. Those who did survive were left without a home.

A resident donated a building to the 15 men, temporarily. They have made their beds at the former Flying Tiger Museum. One man who was inside the shelter during the fire says he is glad to be alive, and says he and the other men are trying to enjoy life, and not worry about the things they do not have.

"Objects and material things dont matter to me, I don't collect them, don't need them, just the clothes that God gives me on my back," said Jason Lawver, a survivor of the deadly fire.

The shelter director says the city hopes to build a new homeless shelter. They also hope to dedicate a memorial in honor of those who died.


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  • by me Location: here on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    I find it amazing this homeless man doesn't value material things only needs the clothes on his back. That is the problem he doesn't value pride either. He looked healthy to me why can't he work? Instead he will continue to allow others to take care of him. If ur on hard times I will help u first but when living off other is ur life style get over it. I'm sick of lazy people milking the system.If you ever wanna see our find governement at work go to the sherman social security office.I had to get a replacement card and watch one after other come through wanting money. Half of them drove better cars than mine and looked like they haven't missed a meal. The most shocking was the non english speaking mother who wanted welfare but got the offices mixed up. Funny she couldn't speak or read English but she could find the handout line. COME ON PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF UR SELF. WELFARE IS FOR TEMP PERPOSES TO HELP FILL THE GAP NOT AN INCOME OR LIFESTYLE.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    It would cost less to build a new shelter than it would to bailout the TASWA landfill. What is more important?
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