ProJo: My Turn: Laura Jaworski: R.I.'s forgotten, targeted, vulnerable people

Megan Smith was driving to work on Providence's heavily traveled Broad Street one fall afternoon when she saw something in the road. It took her a second or two to realize that “something” was a man.

It was “horrifying,” Smith recalls. Even worse, other drivers weren't stopping, just swerving to avoid the man. Smith pulled over to the curb, called 911 on her cell phone, and then sat with the man, who said his arm was broken, until a rescue squad arrived.

It was perhaps the man's good fortune that one of the motorists was Megan Smith. She leads the street outreach program of the House of Hope Community Development Corp., in Warwick, seeking out people who not only are homeless — like the man in the road — but who also live mainly outdoors.

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