Helping people you know cannot help you back is a rare and remarkable act of kindness. Those selfless acts are the ones that truly inspire and remind others that the point of living is not only to live for yourself, but for others, too. When we learn to ignore the pain of others, such as our homeless friends, we’re doing more harm than good.


In this story, the hero is Sgt. Steve Wick, a 23-year veteran of the Houston Police Department who has worked in the Homeless Outreach Team of his department since 2011. In the photo below, he’s seen cutting the toenails of a 75-year-old man named Quintus.


“We tried to get his feet in shape so he could put shoes on. His vision deteriorated to a point where he couldn’t function as well anymore,” Wick said.

Photo by ABC News | Houston Police Department Homeless Outreach Team

Wick says he spotted Quintus a few weeks back along with one of his colleagues, senior police officer Colin Mansfield. They took him to the Sobering Center, where he was able to take a shower for the first time in years. He also gave Quintus new clothes to wear.


“Quintus, he was happy to get cleaned up,” Wick said. “His whole life he’s been minimally employed, selling the Sunday paper. He’s got glaucoma, so he’s about 95 percent blind. When we found him, he was having difficulty…walking to a thrift shop to pick up new clothes.”

According to ABC News, the Homeless Outreach Team brought Quintus to an emergency shelter, and Wick says the goal to find Quintus housing in the near future and get him to an eye doctor. Wick wants the public to know that despite recent tragedies, many police offers, like him, are out there to help, not to hurt.


Talk It Up TV is dedicated to helping the homeless in our community. Watch one of our latest episodes where we took to the streets to groom and hang out with our homeless friends!


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