Homeless man gives back to homeless community in Tulsa

VIDEO: Homeless man pays it forward to others in homeless community

TULSA, Okla. — A man, facing his own challenges and struggles, continues to help those in a similar situation.

Rick Wyrick, who was born in Henryetta, says he came to Tulsa in 2005 to take care of his mother when she lost her husband.

Wyrick said things changed drastically when he was hit by a car two years ago and broke his back and neck.

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He said he wasn’t able to work and no longer has a place to call home.

In December, Wyrick said he came to Isaiah 58, In His Service, a non-profit group that shares faith and provides services to those who are facing challenges, vulnerable or homeless.

After receiving a meal, Wyrick said it was shortly after he found a family. He decided he wanted to help the organization as well as those in a similar situation.

For the past several months he has delivered groceries, helped collect donated items, mowed lawns for senior citizens, and prepares meals for the homeless. Other volunteers say he’s used the money he collects to support others who are homeless, often handing over the shoes on his feet.

Wyrick said it was important for him to step up and do more when the pandemic hit Oklahoma back in March.

He said more people were struggling, trapped indoors and hundreds were finding less places to go for help when shelters and businesses closed and limited space.

"It’s just relief, they’re going to eat, their kids aren’t going to go hungry, someone’s out there to help,” Wyrick said. “A paycheck, while it helps everybody get by, it doesn’t give you a good feeling about how you’re treating others, and when you help others it’s overwhelming sometimes.”