I posted in Foo since it's not exactly cycling related, but...
Every so often, I ride north and take the Skokie Sculpture Park trail north (for those of you living in Chicago and need to know what I'm talking about). Well, there is one point early on in the trail in Lincolnwood where the trail bifurcates for about 100 yards. If you went to the left, it cuts right through a small parking lot. Well, I've been riding this ride for over a year now, and I noticed an older guy who's obviously living in his car. He looks to be in his 60s. He has all his worldly possessions in his car and is usually slumped back in his seat napping. When I first saw him, I thought he was dead, but when I went up to his car, it looked like he was breathing, and when I was taking the return trip home, he had changed positions. I've always been disturbed seeing this guy- it's just sad to see an older person down on their luck, and he's been living in his car for at least a little over a year now. There has to be SOMETHING I can do, but I just don't know what to do.
Today, I actually stopped and rolled up to his car and for a moment, I thought about asking him what his situation was, but then I thought it would be better if I had some advice for him as to what he can do to get out of his current situation. I ended up leaving, and I felt pretty bad riding home. I've been thinking of him as of late, and I really don't want to be the person who sits by and does nothing. I just can't believe this guy is all alone in the world and forced to live out of his car like that. He has to be someone's grandfather, father, or friend. I just can't see how he's all alone like this.
I've been riding much earlier, so I found out this year that he usually arrives around 6am to 6:30am. I know the city workers have seen him because I've been riding on the paths when they've been out and about doing maintenance, and I don't think they've done anything.
Does anyone have any advice or resources they could point me towards? I think it's obvious he doesn't want to go to some old folks home, but as to what his options are, I wouldn't know. If anyone can help or get me pointed in the right direction, I would really appreciate it. It's really eating at my guts.