|Man finds Delphos ‘kindest city’|
|Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:42 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — George Wilczynski lost his job and his home in Akron in 2010. After a year-long stay with his sister, he decided it was time to go his own way.
“With nothing to really keep me there, I’ve been on the road looking for where I belong,” Wilczynski said. “I’ve been walking for a long time.”
The 60-year-old’s travels brought him to Delphos on Wednesday and his first stop was the Speedway gas station on South Main Street.
“I left my pack in the store to use the restroom and when I came back, the cashier said someone had bought me a coffee,” Wilczynski said. “Before I left there, someone else had given me money to help me out.”
Wilczynski finds odd jobs and other work to sustain himself but often finds his pockets empty.
“I know there are people a lot worse off than I am,” he said. “I have my health and I’m able to work. I’m more at peace with myself without the material stuff.”
Wilczynski’s next stop was the police station.
“I wanted to make sure they knew I was passing through so I wouldn’t cause any problems,” he said. “They pointed me in the direction of St. John’s Church where I got a voucher for a meal at Jim’s Restaurant from The Good Samaritan Fund. Everyone at Jim’s treated me so nice. I had a good meal and good company. They also gave me a gift certificate so I could eat another meal or two.”
Wilczynski also found a place to stay and a few leads on work. He filled out several applications on Thursday and is hopeful he can secure a job.
“Every time I’ve needed help, it seems God puts someone in my path,” he said. “These people don’t know me from anyone. I really think Delphos needs a pat on the back for the great people who live here. There is so much hatred and bad things in the world you don’t hear about the good stuff. It’s important something is said about the good stuff — Delphos is good stuff. I hope people don’t take it for granted. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
Wilczynski’s life can also be lonely. There are long stretches of road he doesn’t see another soul and some towns are not as accepting of his journey.
“When you are by yourself and all you have is time to think about things and it all comes crashing in, it feels like the world is pounding and pounding you,” he said. “A few kind words or actions can make all the difference.”
Wilczynski isn’t sure if Delphos is where his destiny lies but whether he stays or goes, he said he will always remember the kindness he found here.
“I don’t know where I’ll end up but I’m tired of walking,” Wilczynski said. “I want to live like a human being again. I want to live normal. I wish I could see into the future and see where I get to end up.”