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New billboards raise awareness about homelessness

Nationally, 44 % of homeless people have jobs.     
Some of us are only just a few pay checks away from being left without a place to call home.
The Waterfront Rescue Mission is trying to bring more awareness to the people that need help.
Meet Frank Marinin.
He's one of hundreds of people in our area who has fallen on hard times and is now homeless.

Frank Marinin - Homeless
"A lot of people around here, they look down on the homeless.  I've seen a lot of people come in here with all kinds of stories"

Before Frank had to share a room with dozens of other men every night.
He had his own place, and a full-time job, as a tankerman for an oil company in the gulf.

"I've worked all my life, I don't want a handout, and none of these guys want a handout, they want jobs, I see it every day"

But then Frank was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure.
"When I got out of the hospital it was about 2 or 3 months and I tried to make ends meet but then I ran out of money"

Frank says his job wouldn't take him back once he recovered, and he turned to the Waterfront Rescue Mission to help him get back on his feet.

The Rescue Mission is in the midst of a month long campaign to bring awareness about the homeless population.
    
Billboards like these help tell the story.
It shows men, women some are veterans, some have children, many have jobs.

Mick Breault - Waterfront Rescue Mission
"Most people in this world are just one or two paychecks away from being on the street"

The rescue mission offers programs like GED and computer classes, veterans care, job assistance and more.
    
Frank is nearing the end of his time at the rescue mission.
He just starting getting disability checks, and now looking to continue on with his life.

"I plan on getting my life together and going back to school and I'm going to do some volunteer work here at the mission"
Rescue mission president tells me, there's a growing trend of more women and children and a lot of veterans are becoming homeless.

And they range in ages from as young as 18 to 75 years old.
There are 7-billboards around Pensacola and a few others scattered along the gulf coast to show that 'anyone' can find themselves homeless regardless of your background.