Uber driver helps homeless along the way

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 22:01:14-05

CINCINNATI -- Vicky Zwissler's passion project started in October, along 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine.

She saw a man sitting in the rain, not even trying to stay dry. He was homeless.

"I couldn't ignore it," she said. "I just offered him a little water, a little candy and an umbrella, and he was genuinely appreciative."

Tens of thousands of people in the Tri-State experience homelessness each year. They also go without many of the basics, things like blankets and coats and food that many people take for granted.

Zwissler is a driver for Uber, which she's done for about a year. Now she keeps a stash of essentials to give out to people who are less fortunate.

"Today I have food bags. I always have food bags with water and hand warmers, a little note," she said.

Much of what she gives away are donations from her friends. Zwissler said she's not seen the top of her kitchen table for months. And while she knows she can't magically fix everyone's situation, the least she can do is listen, and be human.

"It means a lot," said Chris Beck, who Zwissler helped Friday. "Especially when you're freezing, cold, and you just get hopeless out here."

Watch the video above to see more of what Zwissler does, and how it affects the people she's trying to help.