‘I’m going home’: Woman robbed & stranded given bus ticket to TX

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- The non-profit organization Grace at The Greenlight works hard to give those homeless or stranded a second start or a renewed life.

News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez was there at the Greyhound bus station as they sent their 500th person home.

"Thank you. Now I get to go home."

Christine Dedrick's finally going home to Fort Worth, Texas, after living in and out of shelters for weeks in New Orleans.

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"I was stuck in the city with no money, no anything," she said.

After being robbed, Christine had no way of getting home, so she called 2-1-1, which directed her to Travelers Aid, which then directed her to Grace at The Greenlight, which ended up being her shining light.

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"I definitely knew we had to help her.  Christine has a son and they've been stranded here.  It just tugs at your heart when you have families stranded," Sarah Parks, director of outreach for Grace at The Greenlight, said.

Two years ago, Grace at The Greenlight started helping stranded and homeless folks return to their families.  Christine is the 500th person helped with the "I'm Going Home" campaign.

"We purchase Greyhound or Amtrak tickets.  We provide them with all the food, snacks, and documentation they may need.  We send people as close as Mississippi or as far as California or New York,"  Lorelei Ashe, community and philanthropic liaison for Grace at The Greenlight, said.

So with her ticket in her hands and hope in her heart, Christine's finally heading home!

"Being able to actually go home, it's a miracle," she said.

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The Krewe of Tucks is the sponsor, which helped make it possible for Christine to return home.  Grace at The Greenlight also serves breakfast and hands out water daily to the homeless living under the bridge.

If you'd like to help Grace at The Greenlight, click HERE.