I kept the shoes and stuff for Ben in the car-- just in case. Today we were near where he lives and I decided to stop and see if he was around. He was! I called out to him from across the street and he met us half way. Ben finally got his shoes, a rain slicker, a Christmas card, and a blanket. Adam got to meet him too. He was very pleasant and very appreciative-- just like I remember. Turns out he gets a monthly check that he picks up at the nearby post office and would love to get off the streets. But no men's shelter for him-- he admits to feeling caged in surroundings like those. So I promised to look for either a long stay motel room or a room for rent in the area. He was ecstatic that someone would take the time to look into something like this for him.
Thanks for encouraging me not to give up on Ben!