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Mobile CdA Biz Fights Homelessness

Frank Barnhart has gone from being a detailer for luxury auto dealers to trying to stave off homelessness with his mobile business. The 68-year-old Coeur d'Alene man, with his mobile auto detailing firm -- called Franko's Auto Salon -- is an inspiring example of perseverance with hard work, said Patty McGruder, an outreach worker for the nonprofit Heritage Health. "He has lived homeless, but is an entrepreneur who wants to help other people," McGruder said. "I think many people give up hope when they are experiencing homelessness, but I'm really proud of Frank for not giving up hope. "He has found ways to persevere and get a hold of people. He has taken in homeless people along the way and that helps get other people out of homelessness. He inspires me because he has done it himself." Barnhart worked as an auto detailer for Jaguar, Porsche and Ferrari dealerships in Seattle and Las Vegas. Business magnate Bill Gates, he said, was among his customers. But Barnhart said two divorces "that I didn't want" made him depressed and ultimately homeless/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is there anyone in your family who is homeless?

D.F. Oliveria
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