Colorado delegate delivers Obama ticket to Rescue Mission client

This morning at the Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street shelter, Carmelita Galathe got word that she will get to see Barack Obama after all. The onetime homeless woman visited the center yesterday — where she often goes for lunch — because she thought that the candidate would be there. Instead, she met with several Colorado delegates who were volunteering at the Rescue Mission that afternoon, one of whom made a promise to her: He would get her a pass to INVESCO Field.

“I was going to give Obama the Bible and pray for him,” says Galathe, 62, who has been homeless on and off over the years, sometimes working as a street preacher. “I don’t go anywhere without my Bible. I want to tell him that I think he is a great candidate. I want to say I would like to pray for him.”

Colorado delegate Bryan Gonzales gives Carmelita Galathe an Obama ticket.
Colorado delegate Bryan Gonzales gives Carmelita Galathe an Obama ticket.

At 10:30 in the morning, Galathe waited for the delegate to come back as promised. She sat in a near empty room with a few Rescue Mission clients, watching C-SPAN on a big screen TV, her walker and her bags next to her.

Then Bryan Gonzales, a delegate from Aspen, walked in and brought Galathe a pass to see Obama tonight at Invesco Field. Galathe was elated.

“It is a miracle,” she said, hugging Gonzales.

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