HealthNet outreach worker offers Indianapolis' homeless a helping hand a warm heart


Donnie Robinette has spent 14 years doing what he can to help Indianapolis’ homeless

Excerpt from The Indianapolis Star
Story By Will Higgins

Robinette, 52, is one of roughly a dozen homeless- outreach workers in Indianapolis and the most senior. His job, short-term, is to keep homeless people alive. Long-term, he tries to persuade them to accept counseling, job training, housing, to coax them to “come in,” as he says.

As the weather worsens, the need for proper shelter becomes pressing. But Robinette doesn’t push it.

His exchange with Miles is typical of the delicate yet persistent negotiations that can span years.

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