The book and its author challenged Carmen, as a Christian, to fully live his faith in the world.
Like many people, he was unaware of a homeless problem closer to home. When he began volunteering at a local shelter, however, he heard about “the jungle”—a tent-city settlement of sorts on Ithaca’s west end, just five miles from his home.
Eventually Carmen helped every person in the encampmet to find a place to live. He parked six campers on his own property so the men could live in dignity.
In 2013, he took another leap in faith, and organizing a huge effort that would construct six cottages and named the enclave of homes built behind his auto painting business “Second Wind Cottages.”
(READ the story in Chesterton House)