Faye Smith takes a break from setting up her campsite this week. She has been homeless for five years after conquering what she called a “real bad” drug addiction. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Kim Clayton greets Patrick Ibinson as he moves into his campsite on the edge of Winchester. Both are homeless.
C-CAP volunteers Rick Snyder (from left), Cookie Riggleman and Bethany Searfoss distribute camping gear to Faye Smith, who is homeless. Smith and other area homeless must now live outdoors after spending the winter months indoors as part of the WATTS program. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Jerry Jenkins (left) and Tim Montgomery help to put up tents. They are homeless and live in another area of the camp, but were on hand to help some of the other people who needed to have their camps set up.
Patrick Ibinson flashes the peace sign as he prepares to be leave for a camping area where he will live for the next seven or eight months. A disabled veteran, he has been homeless for two years. He participated in the WATTS program — temporary winter shelters provided by area churches.
Faye Smith stretches out her tent in an undisclosed area near the Winchester city limits. “It’s awful,” she said, holding back tears. “It’s scary out here. Just look — by yourself, it’s scary.”
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the area’s homeless population. Next Saturday: Who is responsible for helping the homeless?