Tucson Homeless Connect celebrates 10 years of helping those in need

Tucson Homeless Connect celebrates 10 years of helping those in need
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The bi-annual Tucson Homeless Connect is happening for the 10th year, on Friday, May 18. The event helps to feed the homeless and supply them with the necessities.

Tucson Homeless Connect supplies attendees with information on getting a government ID, legal assistance, help finding housing and health screenings. People who come to the bi-annual event held at Trinity Presbyterian also have access to haircuts, clothing, and a backpack full of supplies to help them survive (water, socks, sunscreen, etc.).

For one homeless man the event is especially important. Marcus Matlock has been homeless for 11 years. He recently got two jobs and has been commuting to them on the bus while working to save his paychecks so he can move out of the transitional housing he's in.

Matlock says there's one thing he's especially excited for with the Tucson Homeless Connect event - receiving a bus pass to help him keep working.

"Just having this bus card, it just excites me, you know, that I'm able to go back and forth to work," Matlock said.

For him the difficulties presented by being homeless have left him in a tough spot. But he says he doesn't let it get him down and he hopes his motivation to improve his life can inspire other homeless people like him.

"Keep pushing. Like, it's hard but you gotta push. You may not want to but you gotta push yourself through it," he said.

The even runs from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. with free lunch provided.

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