There is a reason Darren Wiseman wants to help people.

Wiseman, a major for the Salvation Army in Huntsville, said his organization was one of more than 40 community partners that helped conduct a provincially mandated and District of Muskoka-led homeless enumeration across the region in April.

The voluntary and anonymous one-week survey uncovered 142 households, which included 52 dependent children under age 18, considered homeless based on criteria related to non-existent, temporary or substandard shelter.

And Wiseman said roughly three decades ago he would have fit the description.