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North Side neighbors adopt homeless woman to help her start new life

SAN ANTONIO - North Side neighbors are rallying around a woman who has fallen on hard times and has spent the past several years homeless along Austin Highway.

With the community's help, Rebecca Grant is now about to begin a new chapter in her life.

"She was sitting on the curb over here and she was holding a little sign and her head was down on her knees and I knew she was praying," said Good Samaritan Deborah Peebles.

Deborah Peebles didn't just drive by, instead she parked her car and got out to console the woman she later came to know as Rebecca Grant.

"I put my arm around her and rubbed her back and started praying," Pebbles recounted. "I started thanking God that he has a plan for her and that he loves her."

Fox San Antonio met Grant back in September while covering the issue of homelessness on Austin Highway.

"I guess fear can really keep a person in their situation," Grant said then.

She explained after coming to San Antonio years ago to develop a relationship with her birth mother, the college educated mother experienced hardship, as well as physical and emotional trauma.

"We all need love and I know what that feels like to not have anybody that's just there for you, that stands with you, stands beside you and loves you no matter what; and she was looking, she wanted to belong," Peebles said.

Now the Oakwood-Northpark community has rallied around Rebecca Grant to help get her life back on track.

Peebles said, "Couple of people messaged me and said this is really bringing the community together, and I thought that is a very special thing."

Neighbors have set up a GoFundMe account and got her enrolled into a program in Austin for women in transition.

"I'm encouraged to see my community come together and help her and hopefully it has made us around here realize that could happen to us," Peebles said.

As for Deborah Peebles, she's humbled by the outpouring of support from what started as social media posts.

"It's really wonderful to see Rebecca being loved by a community of people who have never even met her it's really changed her life," Peebles said.

A meet and greet is set for 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 4th at OrderUp Restaurant, located at The Shops at Lincoln Heights, 999 E Basse Rd #193, San Antonio, TX 78209 this weekend.

It's a chance to for supporters to meet Rebecca Grant before she starts her new life in Austin.

Organizers are asking people to come out and show support.

Monetary donations and other goods will be accepted for Grant and others at Luke 4:18 Ministries.

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