WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Hundreds of cars rumble across Watson Boulevard every day.

But Rick Sandefir says some behind the wheel are driving past an issue they might not notice.

"This is the type of town where you want to live a normal life and you want your kids to live a normal life, you don't want to see the ugly side," he said.

Sandefir spends part of each month living on the street. He is homeless.

"When I was a young man in the Army...if somebody had told me when I hit 63 (years old) I'd be looking in garbage cans for food I would have said 'no way,' but I do,' Sandefir said.

Brandon Miller, president of Houston County Human Needs Coalition estimates the county's homeless population hovers around 200 people.

He says that number has been growing "extremely" quickly over the past several years.

Sandefir says Bibb county has a strong support system for homeless people.

"They have numerous resources," Sandefir said.

By comparison, he says Houston County's resources are lacking.

However, that doesn't mean they don not exist.

"We're trying to...give them hope," Isadora Thomas said.

Community Outreach Service Center is a Warner Robins homeless shelter.

Reverend John Thomas and his wife, Isadora, have been running it for years.

"Over the last 20 years we've served over 5,000 persons," he said.

The shelter is located at 404 Duke Avenue in Warner Robins.

They have space for about twenty people at a time and require those who use their shelter to actively hunt for a job.

They are part of a patchwork of resources across Houston County that includes four homeless shelters and nearly 20 food and meal pantries.

"Other than that, if you don't get food stamps, which I don't, you basically just make do," Sandefir said.

Miller says part of the challenge is access to those resources. Whereas Bibb County's homeless resources are concentrated in downtown Macon, Houston's are spread throughout the county. 

For a full list of those resources and where to find them, you can access the Houston County Family Connection resource guide here.

If you would like to donate to the Thomas's homeless shelter, they accept monetary contributions at the shelter.

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