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Despite His Own Struggles, This North Side Man Travels Daily To Help Others

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Mark Nootbaar
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90.5 WESA

Nearly every day, William Moses uses public transportation and travels from his home on the North Side to Abiding Ministries in Allentown where he volunteers.

He first started with the ministries by serving breakfast to homeless people on the North Side.

“A friend of mine told me about it,” Moses said. “He said I should go down and help… because something good might come out of it.”

Moses, who has been homeless in the past, moved from serving meals to passing out food, water and supplies to low-income residents and the homeless.

He also recently traveled to White Sulfur Springs, W. Va. to help with flood recovery.

Pastor Christine Rotella, who runs Abiding Ministries, said despite Moses’ own ups and downs in life, he’s always happy to give to others.  

“He said, ‘You know what, I have a lot of challenges, I have a lot of problems, but I know God wanted me to put my things on hold and go and help these folks,’” she said.

Rotella called Moses a “phenomenal gentleman” and said that when he first began helping at Abiding Ministries, the program gave him a bus pass to get to and from home. He later received a half-price bus pass for people with disabilities from the Port Authority and covered the rest of the cost out of his own pocket.  

“He did that so that we would have more finances to help other others,” Rotella said. “So he pays to come here every day to be one of our ministers.”

Moses took the praise in stride.

“It’s what I love to do,” he said. “It’s how I can give back to other people.”