Calhoun County sheriff helps homeless man, raises awareness

After Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan met Michael Moore, he realized more needs to be done in rural areas to help the homeless.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 6:52 AM

CALHOUN COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - After Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan met Michael Moore, he realized more needs to be done in rural areas to help the homeless.

“I’m probably the most unusual person you’ll ever meet,” Moore, 60, said. For most of his life, Moore has been homeless traveling to several states but taking a new experience with him everywhere he visits.  

“I’ve learned how to survive. I’ve put myself out there so that I can learn", Moore said. 

Right now, he lives in Oxford with a roof over. Several helping hands led Moore to this location but it started with Sheriff Pollan and his deputies. 

“He’s full of life, he’s funny and he’s very talkative.," Sheriff Pollan said. "You can also see a hollow look in his eyes sometimes because he’s just kind of been beatin’ down.”

Sheriff Pollan took to Facebook shortly after meeting Moore. He shared with his friends and followers how he and his deputies helped Moore before they were able to place him a motel for a couple nights. 

In his post, Sheriff Pollan said the events of that day were heavy on his heart. He wrote, "Until you look a man in the eye and sit with him for an hour listening to his story and then see him walk away with his whole worldly possessions in a grocery sack, we don't have any problems." 

“And then that’s where the story has kinda gone viral so to speak,” Sheriff Pollan said. 

After he created the Facebook post, people from around Calhoun County, across Mississippi and even other states quickly reached out to the sheriff with hopes to offer help. 

“I graduated high school in Louisiana and a classmate of mine saw my post on Facebook and she messaged me," Sheriff Pollan said. "She said, 'I am currently unemployed because of COVID but I still have more than he does. I’m sending you money. How would you like to get it?”

“He’s good people," Moore said. "He’s honest and he’s worth knowing.”

After helping Moore as much as he could, Sheriff Pollan still became frustrated because he found it to be a task that was not easy. 

“It was kinda like running into a brick wall...alot...head first," Sheriff Pollan said. "I assumed wrongly that we had more resources available for those kind of things in the state, but we don’t.”

“Yea! Well, actually a lot more needs to be done,” Alonzo Hilliard said as he agreed with the sheriff. Hilliard is the executive director at LOU Mercy Re-Entry Ministry, a faith-based agency created to help ex-offenders.

After a few days of searching for more help, Sheriff Pollan was able to connect with Hilliard and they worked together to provide help for Moore. 

“We try to give them six months, then help them move somewhere else," Hilliard said. "You know, let them build their money up to where they have a deposit and all of that to where they can move on to another location.”

“I put God first," Moore said. "He has pulled me through certain situations. He’s made resources available to me.”

“All of it is in the hands of God. I’m just a tool,” Hilliard said. 

Moore and Hilliard said they are grateful for the help from Sheriff Pollan and his deputies, but also, for raising awareness. 

“Thank you, [Sheriff Pollan], for all that you’ve done to me and for me," Moore said. "You’ve helped me in a way that I needed it and when I needed it.”

“We’re trying to grow," Hilliard said. "We’re trying to make aware...make people aware of what’s really going on. And I really appreciate the opportunity.”

“It’s about Michael. It’s about his situation," Sheriff Pollan said. "And it’s about the bigger picture of homelessness that we don’t really think about in rural America but it’s there.”

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