Grant Denton of the Karma Box Project is continuing to work with the homeless people who live along with the Truckee River. Of the more than 7,000 area area residents without a fixed address, nearly 200 are living unsheltered near the Wells Avenue overpass.
Some of them, known as River Stewards, are trying to keep the area clean. But without the proper sanitatio and amenities most of us rely upon, garbage — and human waste — can quickly accumulate.
One River Steward, Santiago, said he’s been living on the river for more than a year. He struggles with addiction but found the River Stewards program helpful in setting goals for the future.
“It’s good to get back to making an honest dollar,” he said. “I does give me a little bit of satisfaction to help out. It makes me feel good.”
Denton said the Karma Box Project, along with support from the City of Reno, Washoe County, Truckee River Fund and One Truckee River, remove as much as 20 yards a waste from the Wells Avenue area each week. More than 2,000 bags of trash have been removed since the program began.
Video by Bob Conrad / This Is Reno.