"Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey", written by first-time author Richard LeMieux, will be the February book review presented by Jim Caldwell at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.
“Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey”, written by first-time author Richard LeMieux, will be the February book review presented by Jim Caldwell at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.
This is a riveting true story of Richard LeMieux as he reveals how he fell from a great worldly position where he had it all — a palatial home on the beach, a family, a publishing business, luxury cars, boats — all the outward trappings of success. But after a series of business reverses, he was evicted from his home, abandoned by his family, and found himself at the age of 60, living on the streets of Bremerton, Wash., with his “wonder dog “ as his only companion, moving from town to town.
LeMieux began writing his memoirs on a beat-up manual typewriter while still homeless. Its pages are populated by the many memorable people he met on his remarkable journey with the homeless who dined with him at “Sally’s”, what the homeless calls the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen, where LeMieux and his new friends found safety and shelter from the unrelenting dreariness of the Northwest Pacific winters and shared hot meals and companionship. He was penniless with all sense of hope gone when he began experiencing constant depression, resulting in an attempted suicide. He was called back from the potential suicide by the insistent barking of his beloved dog, Willow, and was treated in a mental hospital where he was diagnosed with depression. LeMieux was able to capture not only what day-to-day life is like for those whose lives have been broken by economic hardship but the hardships of millions of teenagers on the streets and millions of old heroes stored away in nursing homes across the country, all of these people who are as real as you can find anywhere.
Pine Bluff Salvation Army captains David and Joanna Robinson and Neighbor to Neighbor director, Charlotte England will be the special guests at the review.
Caldwell has served as executive director of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas since 1989. He has worked in non-profit funding and administration for more than 45 years, directing campaigns in 15 states and assisting colleges, hospitals, retirement homes, churches, United Ways, youth organizations, etc., in raising over $180 million. He served two terms as president of United Ways of Arkansas and one term as president of United Ways of Virginia while working as chief professional officer of the United Way in Roanoke, Va.
Caldwell serves actively in First Baptist Church in Bible study, as an adult Sunday School teacher, and serves on various church committees. He has been married to Norma Lloyd for 57 years. They are the proud parents of three children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Following the book review, door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. The public is invited to attend.