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Helping to Overcome Homelessness

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Organizations from the Alexandria community are doing their part to help the less fortunate in our area.

The Central Louisiana Volunteers of America chapter currently serves more than 150 homeless people each year.

The VOA says homelessness has become an issue in the CenLa community.

"Women and children are living on the levee. People are sleeping on the bus stops. They have no where to go. We make a lot of plans for all these things we want to do and plans that resources that we want to offer the homeless population here but we needed to do something right now," said Tracey Colson.

The H20 Helping to Overcome Homelessness event provides opportunities to help to those in need.

"It helps a lot, it helps a lot for people in my situation. People can come here and get the things they need if they do not have the money or the know how or where else to go and get it," said Jessica Powers.

"It helps a lot because right now when you get a little bit down below your belt, you gotta do what you gotta do. I am no homeless right now but I have been in the past. But now is the time to get the people back in order again. Get off of drugs and alcohol because they are trying to straighten the area up," said Tommy Rouse.

For struggling parents, homeless programs throughout the community have been more than just a place for food and water.

"I found out a couple weeks ago that I actually lost my parental rights. These people have come through for me when I needed someone to talk to and a shoulder to cry on. They have been like a support family somebody I can go to when I need somebody to talk to about it," said Jessica Powers.

Leaders from Volunteers of America say they are taking steps to put an end to homelessness in CenLa.

"We are trying to get them better, we are trying to form a relationship of trust. We are meeting with them on their turf under their terms so that way they feel comfortable and they will know they can depend on us being there the fourth Thursday of every month. Our ultimate goal is to end homelessness in our community," said Tracey Colson.

The H2O helping to Overcome Homelessness events are set to take place in the parking lot of the Emmanuel Baptist church the fourth Thursday of every month.

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