Meet March’s community hero of the month: Tim Watt

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 18, 2015) - We received numerous nominations for this March’s Community Hero - Tim Watt.  We wanted to see how one man could affect so many people in so many different communities.

Tim Watt is a lifetime Hoosier who’s reminding us that life’s biggest challenges can become life’s biggest blessings for you and the people around you.  Tim is a lifetime Hoosier and a Marine veteran.  He had a good job, nice house and raised his 3 children with his wife. 7+ years ago his wife left him after 22 years of marriage. He went into a deep depression and struggled with anxiety, drugs and alcohol.  He was bitter, angry, and homeless. Tim says, “I turned my back on God for that 7 year period after my divorce I literally cursed him every day for 7 years.”  Then, last year seconds from committing suicide he says,  “A voice I hadn’t heard for about 7 years cause I’d been cursing him for 7 years says son I got this,  calm down,  I got this…. and that’s how this plan developed after a long conversation with God.

Tim is still homeless but he his homeless by choice and committed to the plan he says God gave him. Tim is now spending the next 2 years travelling to every county in Indiana and raising awareness about homelessness.  He never asks for handouts but if someone gives him money he keeps just enough to eat and donates the rest to charities that help the homeless in that count.  He’s hoping he will encourage people to support the local homeless shelters and services in their community. A church donated a laptop to Tim that allows him to post his journey on Facebook.  He has 2-thousand followers and his support is growing.  We caught up with Tim while he was travelling through Hamilton County and we found out why he’s touching so many people who stop and take the time to hear his story.

I asked Tim if he would like help getting a job he told me not until he completes the mission and commitment he made to God first, then he’d like to work with young people who are struggling. We’ll check in with him down the road and let you know how he’s doing.​

You can nominate a community hero here.

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