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Befriending People in Dallas Who Are Homeless

Blogger Profile February 28, 2008

I grew up in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent much of my childhood barefoot and riding horses with my dad, or singing around the piano while my mother played.

After attending the University of Tennessee as an English major, I settled in Dallas, helped raise two daughters and worked in various non-profits.

My favorite thing these days is hanging out with my three grandchildren, ages five, five and three. I love working in the garden, writing, reading history, philosophy and theology, and traveling [budget-class!] in Europe.

For the past several years, I’ve also enjoyed going downtown to talk to the city’s homeless citizens and especially like bringing them clean, dry socks.

Karen Shafer


5 Responses to “Blogger Profile”

  1. Reagan Says:

    Hi, Karen-

    I’ve been thinking about you lately and have missed you the last couple of weeks at the DRC Friday nights! …I also just got home from Barnes & Noble, and noticed you were missing there, too. Thanks so much for sharing your blog with me. It really gives me some insight into some things I don’t see in my interactions downtown, and I love the way your write!

    I met a woman tonight, Sherry, who lives on the street and writes about her experiences. Prose and poetry, and I really enjoyed hearing some excerpts. Do you know a way or a connection so that her stuff might be read? either on a blog or in a publication? Just a thought. Hope you are doing well and enjoying those grandbabies!!


  2. Karen Shafer Says:

    Hi, Reagan,

    It’s great to hear from you. I’ve missed being there on Friday nights the past few weeks, but will be coming next week.

    I would love to invite Sherry and other people who live on the street to write guest posts on this blog! What do you think? In fact, maybe I’ll post your comment and my response as my next post to make that invitation. Does that seem like a good plan?

    Logistically, I guess I could send you my email address and you could have our ‘guest writers’ email me their pieces, which I could post for them. What do you think?

    Leave it to wonderful you to help create another level to this blog which I had in the back of my mind when I began it but hadn’t thought how to implement! Synergy and Spirit, eh?

    Blessings! — which you and the amazing Friday night crew from Northwest Bible Church bring in spades to our street friends at the Day Resource Center!


  3. David E. Says:

    Hi Karen! You write well. I often buy the Street Zine from vendors in downtown. I like to support the homeless in positive ways instead of demeaning them. I used to serve meals @ lunchtime @ Stewpot as well.
    I am the voter registration coordinator for the Obama Dallas campaign (Barack Obama’s Dallas campaign). We would like to register voters at the Bridge. Could you help us out here? Tell us who to contact. We could do this non-partisan (meaning no Obama pins, buttons, shirts, etc.) or VERY partisan! We just think it’s important to reach out & let the homeless know their vote counts too!

  4. Karen Shafer Says:


    Great idea. I’ll email you about it.

    Thanks for commenting,

  5. David Scott Says:

    Nice work, Karen.
    I am sorry to hear about the eviction going on around the bridge.
    It shouldn’t be crime to be homeless–it is hard enough for them already.

    Thanks for all you do!

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