MILWAUKEE — A bus driver for Milwaukee County Transit System was honored on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14 for helping a homeless man get food and housing.
Natalie Barnes was driving on a recent cold night when Richard, a rider she met before, came up to her at her layover. Richard told Barnes the home he was living in had been condemned — and he had been out on the streets for a week.
Barnes offered to buy Richard food and let him stay warm on the bus. At her next layover, Barnes offered food to Richard — and he accepted.
At her next break, Barnes connected Richard to an emergency shelter — and offered to shop for him. Richard is now in a safe place and working with an agency to get permanent housing.
Barnes has been driving with MCTS for about two years.