Holy Week With the Homeless
7 well-off Austin men prepare for Easter with a sojourn on the streets
By Patrick Spain,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 12:52 PM CDT
Homeless in Austin   (Steve Wampler (via Flickr))
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(Newser) – In an effort to follow in the steps of Jesus, seven prosperous Austin men spent part of Holy Week this year living in a park in downtown Austin, Texas, with the homeless. The "street retreat' is led by Alan Graham, co-founder of a national organization that ministers to the homeless called Mobile Loaves & Fishes.

"It's kind of a strange thing to do for spring break," said Te'Paul Gautier, a student at the University of Dallas who joined his father on the retreat. The men view the experience as an effort to connect with God by leaving behind the comforts of home, much as the followers of Jesus did two millennia ago.