SACRAMENTO -- Dancing Dan is back! Dan Sloan, the homeless man who has danced and sign twirled his way into the hearts of the Arden-Arcade community is back doing what he loves best after being brutally attacked while he was sleeping.
He has a new Spiderman suit and a new corner. But otherwise he is the same ol’ Dancing Dan rocking out at Arden-Arcade intersections the community has fallen in love with over two decades.
People are already stopping by the intersection of Fulton and Marconi to welcome Dan back.
"For somebody to hurt him, it just broke our hearts," said community member Patrick Fintel.
Fintel and Theresa Eason, who spent time chatting with Dan, speak for many in the Arden Arcade community who were shocked and outraged after leaning Dan was attacked while he was sleeping in June.
The attackers beat him up and stole his belongings. Dan blames himself, indicating years on the street have taught him to be more cautious. However, for many, it was the first time they realized the man who brought so much happiness to others didn’t have a safe place to lay his head at night.
Raising over $10,500 on one crowd funding site, and more than $1,500 on another, one of the fundraiser organizers is overseeing Dan’s care.
After leaving the hospital, Dan stayed at the Carmichael Senior Center, a small nursing facility for rehab. The cost was a $4,050 for a month stay. The facility wasn't a good long-term fit for Dan.
According to Dan and the facility administrator, he preferred more freedom to come and go as he pleased. After about two weeks, Dan moved to a private boarding house.
The owner of that boarding home, Blessings Care LLC, says for $700 a month they provide Dan with a place to sleep, three meals a day, and transportation to doctor appointments.
The money raised on the two crowdfunding sites is being managed by one of the fundraising organizers due to some complications with giving it directly to Dan.
The organizers say about $7,500 is still remaining and the plan is to use it to continuing paying Dan's boarding and cell phone fees.
If you would like to donate to Dan, visit his You Caring Website.