Paul Stewart never thought he'd be living on the street.
But thanks to one center in Clintonville, he's back on his feet and turning his hard times into help for others.
At the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, food, like day old bread, is brought in to distribute.
It's given to people in the community, who need the help.
Stewart was one of those people. He came to the center, located on Lakeview Avenue, when he was at the lowest point in his life.
"I never thought that I'd actually be living on a river, in a tent, cooking food over an open fire just to survive," he said.
Though he has a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, Stewart found himself Dumpster diving for food.
"It wasn't that I was out drinking or doing drugs - I just didn't have any place to go," he said.
He had no place, until someone told him about the center. It is a place that feeds and clothes hundreds of families every week.
"Once they come in the door, we can help them get other services, too," said the center's development director, Cliff Wiltshire. "In addition to the food and services provided here, the center also has a children's area, where they can take a book or toy home, something that can brighten their day."
He said they see a lot of people who just need a boost.
It was that boost that got Stewart back on his feet.
No longer homeless, he now is doing well enough to give back and volunteer.
"One of my biggest things is I like to see people smile when they leave here," he said.
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