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Homeless in Selinsgrove! EXCLUSIVE

By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Did you know there is a homeless man in Selinsgrove?
Walter Keister sleeps in a tent that he carries as he walks back and forth from Lewisburg to Selinsgrove.
“Medical issues ruined my life,” Keister told the Orange Street News.
Selinsgrove Mayor Jeff Reed told the News he was aware of Keister but wasn’t sure what could be done.
“I’ve seen him walking around for quite some time,” Reed told the News.
Keister told the News that his back hurt from carrying the bag but refused to say why he was walking around all the time.
When asked where he was going next Keister told the News he did not know.
“I don’t have a destination,” Keister told the News.IMG_20150921_130154032

5 comments on “Homeless in Selinsgrove! EXCLUSIVE

  1. Cynthia Peltier
    September 27, 2015

    Walter used to live near me in Lewisburg and he lived in a tent outside his family home. Walter helped me out on several occasions and heard much of his story. Walter is a very intelligent and caring man who just got to a point where he just had had enough. He has been living out on his own for several years now and I do see him on occasion as he ventures in to town for food and supplies.



  2. Shirley cintron
    September 29, 2015

    How can I order this newspaper?


  3. James
    September 30, 2015

    Ive actually spoken to this guy, He takes no charity…. When i was young my parents tried to give him money and he turned it away. He is very mysterious… He has been doing this for at least 20 years. I remmeber seeing him walking route 15 at 12 years old.


  4. Stevie Cenko
    October 18, 2015

    As I understand it, this unfortunate homeless man is the only homeless person in your community. (I’m not from your area, so I don’t know anything about Lewisburg.) Selinsgrove Mayor Jeff Reed has been aware of this gentleman’s situation for quite some time and can not solve or improve the situation of the only homeless person in his town. Turning a blind eye and hoping this man simply goes away should be an embarrassment to this Mayor’s record.


    • A friend of Walter's
      September 30, 2016

      Dear Stevie,
      I know your concerns are genuine, but please know that Walter’s travels are not the mayor’s fault. I have known Walter for many years. He is very kind and a veteran. Many, many friends and local officials and agencies in his hometown area as well as ares to which he travels have offered assistance, housing, and whatever else Walter needs. He will not accept more than nominal help and does not want to stay in one place. He is living the life he wants and enjoys. In our state, one cannot be forced against their will into “a place” unless they are causing harm to others or themselves. As long as Walter can travel, he will and when he can no longer do so, there will be many willing to help him. We pray for him often that he will soon choose a warm apt. In the winter. Just know that he has never been ignored by either local citizens or strangers that offer him a meal or a ride. He is kind and caring for others.


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