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Waves of sadness and tears interrupted Daniel Stark as he tried Friday to convey in words his sense of loss at the death of his friend and role model Jeremy Reynalds.
Stark, 60, is a resident of Joy Junction, the homeless shelter founded by Reynalds in 1986.
Stark and his wife, homeless for six years, have lived the last three at Joy Junction. Both have health issues but have been spiritually uplifted by the staff and programs at Joy Junction during the years they’ve been there.
“We had been living in Corpus Christi, Texas, for 16 years. I worked as a truck driver, but with my wife’s health deteriorating we were struggling to survive,” Stark explained. “We learned about Joy Junction on the internet. We’re both Christians and I was raised in the church by a deaf mother, so we decided to come here. People from Joy Junction picked us up at the bus station and greeted us with a smile and were very encouraging. We just felt right at home.”