I met John Grezenda earlier this week when he came through the doors of the Citizen looking for help.

Grezenda is 81, disabled and has been living on the streets of Duncan for more than a month.

I could tell instantly that he was a proud man, but his life had spiralled out of control in recent years, leaving him in dire straits.

Apparently, he had a home, a wife and the other attributes that many consider necessary for contentment in life.

But his beloved wife died and then his home burned down, along with all of his belongings.

The only thing he has these days is his old age pension, but it’s not nearly enough to cover all his expenses, including a high rental rate.