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Nacogdoches shelter pitches in to take in Tyler homeless

Michael Wood Michael Wood
Stan Isaacson Stan Isaacson
BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) -

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The East Texas Rescue Mission in Tyler closed on Wednesday, displacing numerous homeless men.

"So you got 40 men with no homes on the street," a Tyler woman said.

But not for long.

"A former board member drove a group of men to Nacogdoches," a Tyler board member said.

Godtel's Michael Wood, fondly known as "Woody," got the call from the troubled Tyler mission on Tuesday. He knew Godtel could serve the displaced men.

"I was expecting 20-25," Wood said.

But only two showed up.

"Very glad that I got here in short notice," displaced resident Stan Isaacson said. "I have a place to sleep, food to eat. I'm able to go out and look for a job. And I'm very happy about that."

"They got to go by our rules here and if they can do that they got it made here," Wood said.

Godtel requires residents to attend church services and spend the day looking for work.

"I think that's some of the reason why no more than the other people came out here because they didn't want to go by the rules," Wood said.

Both of Godtel's new residents draw disability checks. One plans to leave at the first of the month. Stan says he's looking for a job, but has no immediate plans. Typical circumstances for homeless men.

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