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A leap of friendship

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on November 28, 2013 12:10 AM

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Patrick Albert plays during music meditation at First Baptist Church. A little more than a year ago, Albert visited the church's annual Warm the World event looking for a sleeping bag. Today, he is an active church member and has started a new life.

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Patrick Albert walks in the woods where he slept just over a year ago. This is the first time Albert has been back. He said, "I left because I was invisible and I didn't want to be invisible anymore."

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Patrick Albert sorts through coats in the gymnasium at First Baptist Church. The coats were donated for Warm the World. Last year, Albert received clothing at the event, and because of that, he became an active member of the church, secured a job and bought a car.

Patrick Albert went from shelter to shelter -- looking for a warm place to sleep. He had lost his job and a relationship -- and had given up on his dreams. He had no idea that a simple quest for...

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