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Letter: Panhandler update

Editor:

This letter is an update on the story of Johnathon Weatherhead. It was originally published under the header: Panhandler, Nov. 29, 2015.

As reported, John was evicted from his rental home in Chino Valley on March 31, 2016. Because he is now considered homeless, he was denied visitations with his daughter, Remington for one year. John and Ghost, his care dog, stayed with a friend until mid-April. During that time he and his brother, Josh, who resides in Portland, Oregon, made a plan for their future.

On April 19, 2016 John and Ghost left by train from Williams, Arizona and arrived in Portland 2½ days later. He is now living with Josh assisting with his brother’s business. Together, they work to find and repossess cars, boats, motor homes etc. which have outstanding unpaid balances due to delinquent payment by owners.

John is also interviewing with various job search specialists who will assist him in finding a job suited for his needs and skills.

He is enrolled in the Oregon Assistance program for handicapped persons. His monthly subsidy has doubled by relocation because Oregon provides more assistance through Federal Grant Program.

John is now focused on receiving the care necessary for his various birth defects. He has met a caring, capable physician who specializes in the specific disabilities from which John suffers.

He has asked me to tell those interested that he is managing and adjusting well. He enjoys his new home, job and location. He is thriving on his renewed relationship with Josh, whom he missed terribly.

He sees only the best ahead moving forward and accepting all challenges.

Though not seeing Remington, friends and family in this area, he is in constant touch by phone.

He has been deeply touched by our community and how he was befriended, by concerned, well wishing folks.

Judy Snow

Chino Valley

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