Temple: Community mourns loss of homeless advocate

Jim Hornsby. (Courtesy photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Jim Hornsby, a longtime advocate for the homeless in Temple has died at the age of 72 after an ongoing illness, but his spirit lives on in the thousands impacted by his work.

Hornsby, who directed two nonprofits, Churches Touching Lives for Christ and Feed My Sheep, died on June 30.

Hornsby was known best for his work on Avenue G in Temple, where, between the two facilities he directed, his work impacted thousands of lives.

For the last decade he inspired his team to turn a facility serving one meal a day into a hub for the homeless to eat, shower, do laundry, get a haircut and fill out paperwork to obtain a proper license.

And while his daughter says she knew he ran these nonprofits, it wasn't until his last few weeks of life that she discovered the impact his work had on the people he was serving.

"Watching the people come in to see him one after the other, hundreds of people and it wasn't just the homeless he impacted, it was everyone,” Brandi Bakker said Tuesday.

Hornsby's final project was to start a one-stop clinic at which the homeless can receive the healthcare they need.

Members of Feed My Sheep say they have chosen a property to house the clinic and are accepting donations to help purchase the property.

With hundreds of people coming to the facility for food each day, the organization’s board says Temple residents need to acknowledge the homeless problem in the community and do what they can to help.

The organization will celebrate Hornsby’s life and contributions at a memorial service and community meal at 10 a.m. on July 20 outside Feed My Sheep.