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September 29, 2020

9/1/2020 12:55:00 PM
Local life coach follows intuition and offers helping hand
One moment was all it took for Dodgeville's Kimberly Wright to realize that there were two individuals that needed a helping hand.
On Friday August 7, Wright and her husband Jeff along with their four young children had just left their friend's house and were headed to Walmart.
Upon entering Walmart, Wright came across two men, and their dog, sitting outside underneath a tree near Walmart's parking lot. Although she could tell from their appearance that they may be homeless, she felt that there was more to their story. She also learned the dog with them, was trained in helping people who suffer from seizures.
"I kept thinking during my whole time in Walmart, 'how can I help them?' Wright said. "When we were leaving, I knew that I had to help them and their dog in some way."
Wright, 26, has been a life coach for some time and being able to truly listen is a necessary skill to be successful in that career field. Upon getting home, she still had the feeling that they needed help. Kimberly found that she had some extra dry dog food and a leash, from when they fostered dogs, and a gallon of water. Following her intuition, she took the items back to Walmart for the small group.
"We fully expected to sit down with these guys and leave in 15 minutes," Wright said. "During this whole time, I felt that I needed to listen to them and find out what they needed."
When finding out that they simply needed some clothes, Wright offered to take them back in, but they had informed her that they couldn't find what they wanted.
However, her life coach skills took over and she kept listening. She learned that they would be in town until Sunday. A woman heard that, and told them that the police station offered one night vouchers to be used at the local hotel.
"I was feeling like I couldn't move," Wright said. "I'm standing next to them and we're saying our Midwestern goodbye where you say goodbye and then you talk for 15 minutes. I kept wondering, why can't I leave?"
Whether it was through God, or through her life coaching, she knew that she had to keep listening to these two men.
Since they would be in town until Sunday, the vouchers would only work one night and Wright knew that she had to do something.
They all arrived together at the local hotel and Wright offered to put them in a room with two beds.
"We had spent two hours talking with these two men, and I knew they weren't out to scam anyone," Wright said.
When Wright was told the cost of the room would be $89, the two men fell to tears. Wright asked them what was wrong, and they couldn't believe her kind gesture.
"That's when it hit me, that they have nothing," Wright said. "They were now going to have two nights in this beautiful hotel room where they're going to be safe, and they're going to be happy. And they're going to be at peace."
Wright understands that COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently, but she feels that if people must do whatever they can to help those who need it. She posted her experience on her personal Facebook page.
"We have to get off our high horses," Wright said. "Not one of us is better than anybody. If you wear a mask, because that's the world that we're in right now, you're not better than a person who doesn't wear a mask. If you don't wear a mask you're not better than a person who wears a mask. And I see hate from both sides."
"It was very eye opening to be with them, and I think about that moment all the time," Wright concluded.

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