Resource fair offers help to homeless, low-income community

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Homeless people who want to take back their lives were getting help from some local organizations. Grand Valley Peace & Justice held a resource fair for the homeless Friday and Saturday. The goal of the one-stop-shop is to help local homeless and low income individuals get back on their feet.

"Being homeless a lot of people think that were nothing but drunks and druggies. I'm not a drunk, I don't drink, I don't do drugs, nothing like that. I hate standing out there on the corner. I got to do what I got to do to make money," said homeless man Daniel Eastin.

Local homeless in our community who attend the resource fair work hard to make a change in their lives.

"They got the information from so many organization that help them already, so they knew they were coming somewhere that they could get help that's important," said Grand Valley Peace & Justice Project Coordinator Sherry Cole.

The event offered over 50 volunteers at multiple booths.

"Oh it means a lot because I was homeless for two years. Without this resource thing that came last year, I wouldn't be here right now. It was because of this fair that got me off the streets," said Angela Fuller who is now looking for a job at the fair.

The event provides an opportunity for those struggling to get a state ID, help them search for jobs, learn CPR and get HIV or other health screenings.

"The goal is that they are provided direct service on site. That means you’re not just handing out brochure you are actually doing the hepatitis C testing today, you are actually working on getting someone and ID today and we think that makes a big difference," Cole said.

"I'm job searching right now that's one of my main things," Fuller said.

Even the basics like food and clothes are available for free.

"It means a lot it helps out, it helps us get better in touch with people around the community and find out what resources are available for us that are homeless,” Eastin said.

Legal services, veteran support and parolee services are available at the event as well. The Resource Fair will take place again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center for Independence at 740 Gunnison Avenue.

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