“Homeless Hippie” Donates To Local Non-Profit Organizations

tim donation to TRI-CAP

Timothy B. Watt presenting donations to TRI-CAP staff (L-R) Neil Elkins (Housing Services Director), Nikki Brockman Lasher (Healthy Families Program Manager), Deborah Capps (Health Services Director), and Joyce Fleck (Executive Director). Photo provided to NNDC.

“What an honor it was to receive a phone call from Timothy B Watt this morning on his trek across Indiana,” said Joyce Fleck, head of Jasper-based TRI-CAP.

Timothy is known as “Harry the homeless hippy” who is homeless by choice as part of his personal mission to combat what he says is the public’s image of people who are homeless.

Watt is on a trek that will take him through all 92 Indiana counties.  Dubois County is the 68th he’s visited.

Watt began is homeless awareness mission not quite three years ago, after the split-up of his marriage and after the marine veteran became disenchanted dealing with what he says was the bureaucracy of trying to get the benefits afforded him.

Now homeless by choice, Watt says his panhandling many times resulted in his getting so much money, he began sharing it with other homeless people in Indianapolis.

On his ‘mission’ across Indiana, Watt shares the money with local non-profit organizations.

Before leaving Monday for Pike County, Watt donated money to nine local groups.  They include Crisis Connection, Community Food Bank, Dubois County Community Meals, Team Red White and Blue, Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County as well as Tri-Cap.

Fleck says the money Watt donated will benefit TRI-CAP programs that assist those she says who are the less fortunate members of the local community.  These include the organization’s Hardest Hit Housing foreclosure prevention program, its Energy Assistance utility supplemental service, and its Healthy Families child abuse
prevention service, and Family Planning health clinic. She says each service received a donation of $110.


Pictured with Mr. Watt in the front row (L-R) are Courtney Perkins, Nikki Brockman Lasher and Deb Capps (all from TRI-CAP). Back row (L-R) are Joyce Fleck (TRI-CAP Executive Director), Mike Hagerdon from Dubois County Community Meals and the Community Food Bank; Neil Elkins, TRI-CAP Housing Services Director and Habitat for Humanity board member; and Paula Rasche, Crisis Connection Executive Director. Photo provided to NNDC


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