FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has gathered belongings for a veteran who was homeless, and they’re giving him a hand and some new furniture as he gets back on his feet.
US Navy veteran Eugene Ralph was homeless last year after spending nearly a decade traveling the world on a warship. He said he slept wherever he could find a bench.
“The economy, the pandemic – I lost my place and I couldn’t bounce back,” Ralph said. “Gas stations, bus stops, anywhere I could sleep. “
But, he was strong enough to ask for help, which he received.
“You know, with a kind word, ‘Yeah, I’m a veteran. I’ve been through a rough patch’ and people started to listen,” Ralph said.
With the help of BSO and many others, they found Ralph a new home in Fort Lauderdale.
“Very often those who experience homelessness feel helpless and hopeless,” said BSO MP Michael Francis. “I’m sure he felt those two things at times, but his will to survive, him being a military veteran, gave him that determination and that resilience – I think that’s an apt word – to really foster.”
Ralph has been living in his current apartment since July, and during that time he hasn’t had any furniture inside. He had requested a recliner for the apartment, which turned into donations of furniture for his entire apartment.
It would take two box trucks to deliver all the furniture to her apartment. They included everything Ralph could possibly need, and he was unloaded and moved to his apartment.
“Incredible, it’s priceless, priceless,” Ralph said. “If you can imagine priceless, this is how you feel.”
Ralph said he has a passion for music.
“A Frank Sinatra song that I think goes accordingly is ‘All the Way’,” said Ralph. “All of. All of.”
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