Homeless Vet Wants to Help Other Vets

5 years 6 months 1 week ago November 14, 2011 Nov 14, 2011 Monday, November 14 2011 Monday, November 14, 2011 1:40:00 PM CST in News
By: Sarah Hill
loading

COLUMBIA - Jeffery Bell punctuates his sentences with a giggle. 

"It made me feel like it was all worthwhile," Bell said. "The best job you can have is to be a cook because they need cooks everywhere. "

Bell learned how to cook in the navy, which he joined when he was 17.

"It was the tail end of the Vietnam War."

On this day, Bell is cooking for his church. He routinely makes meals for a men's prayer breakfast. Not long ago, he had nothing to eat. 

"Two years ago... I was homeless," Bell said.

Due to  his physical health and recovery from alcoholism, this veteran found himself on the streets.

"I want to help this community because they helped me...and having that community embrace...helps," Bell said. 

An embrace from the Salvation Army Harbor House, churches, VA housing programs and two books... the Bible and one other book he wrote himself, "The Secret of the Vettigs."

"I've got family dynamics going on in there. There's romance but it's a family frienly book," Bell said. "So in two years time, I went from being homeless to actually being able to purchase my own home. "

'Dear Mr Bell...Congratulations. Your VA loan request has been preapproved...'

"I hold a class for Love inc. on budgeting," Bell said. 

Bell now volunteers his time helping others come up with their own recipe for success, and it starts with the right ingredients. 

"We're not dependent on one another. We're interdependent on one another. I'm going to do something that may make a difference and it did. It really did...." Bell said. 

If you would like to contact Jeffery Bell, his email is jffrybell@yahoo.com.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has arrived at the Pittsburgh courthouse where jury selection in his sexual assault case is... More >>
3 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:36:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Attorney General Josh Hawley is waiting for his legal appeal related to abortion laws to go into effect. ... More >>
3 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 7:21:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police say a man was shot while greeting people at a south Kansas City church. ... More >>
4 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 6:35:00 AM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) - Today, on the anniversary of the Joplin tornado that cut a path of destruction through the city... More >>
4 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 5:46:00 AM CDT in News
Tel Aviv (AP) - President Donald Trump is opening his first visit to Israel as president. Air Force One... More >>
5 hours ago May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 Monday, May 22 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017 4:56:00 AM CDT in News
PORTLAND - A Portland man was arrested in connection to a disturbance that turned into a stabbing Saturday night in... More >>
12 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 9:44:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Fulton Police took two kids into custody after discovering a fire at Fulton Middle School Saturday morning. ... More >>
15 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A crowd gathering outside of The Soul Spot on Rangeline Street led to a shots fired Sunday morning.... More >>
16 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A man lost his wallet and suffered injuries in a robbery around midnight Sunday. The robbery happened... More >>
17 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:21:00 PM CDT in News
NEWBURG - A 12-year-old boy died in a fire in Phelps County Sunday morning. The fire started at a... More >>
18 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT in News
KINGDOM CITY - The Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri honored four state firefighters who passed away on duty with... More >>
20 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:34:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MU is facing defiance over new and revised University of Missouri campus regulations focused on protesting, which go... More >>
20 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:03:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield officials are planning a new approach to a large homeless camp that's been controversial for about... More >>
20 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 1:57:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — An appeals court said a former federal inmate who got a $200,000 settlement over a prison... More >>
23 hours ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:42:10 AM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget hasn't been released yet, but that's not stopping some of Capitol Hill's most... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:40:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM CDT in News
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP)- Donald Trump will tell Muslim leaders that stamping out terror threats will require "honestly confronting the... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 7:05:23 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former medical resident at St. Louis University Hospital will be sentenced in August for illegally... More >>
1 day ago May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 Sunday, May 21 2017 Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:46:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
11am 70°
12pm 73°
1pm 73°
2pm 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld