'There are problems up here, but it’s special.'
By MARK SAAL, Standard-Examiner staff
Back then, Boone liked what he saw.
“Ogden is a great place,” he says.
The second time Boone came to Ogden, four years ago, it was as a homeless man. And through that experience, he’s come to love the city.
“It really is a special place,” Boone said. “There are problems up here, but it’s special.”
The one word that best describes Ogden, according to Boone, is “compassionate.”
“I wasn’t getting help in Salt Lake City, but within three months, Ogden had me housed,” the formerly homeless man said. “People up here understand we all have problems, and they’re willing to help out.”
Boone acknowledges Ogden has its share of problems — including crime — but he still thinks it’s one of the best places in the state. He appreciates the “fun stuff” going on in Ogden, things like car shows and free movies.
Boone says programs like these cement Ogden’s reputation for being a caring place to live.
“There’s got to be a lot of us homeless up here,” Boone said, “because it’s such a compassionate place.”