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Nashville's Homeless Receive A Helping Hand

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By Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They're being fitted for brand new shoes, getting haircuts and even pedicures.  In all,  85 service providers offered housing advice, employment assistance, medical checkups, pet, phone and legal services all free of charge for the homeless.  And it's making a difference.

"This means the world to me.   I feel like a new man from top to bottom," said Henry Townsend.

Henry Townsend has been homeless for more than six years.  He's looking for employment.

"I made some foolish decisions, some bad decisions I shouldn't have made.  So now I'm suffering the consequences, but I don't have to stay here," he said.

That positive attitude is allowing Henry to make the most of Project Homeless Connect.  And he's hoping his peers feel the same way.

"Don't throw in the towel throw up your hands and quit. I know it's too easy to do. Be persistent and consistent," Henry said.

Jammie Watson's family keeps her going.  She has three children, she's pregnant and she's in need of affordable housing.  Right now they live in a shelter.   

"My kids got shoes today as well as hats and gloves.  If they didn't have events like this, it would be harder to find things for them," she said.

That's the whole purpose, to make life a little easier at least for one day.  The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is also hoping to raise awareness.

A lot of people feel people just want to be homeless.  They don't want to be homeless.  They don't want to be in the rain or in the cold.  They don't want to be dying on the streets where we lose over 50 people  a year," said Howard Gentry a member of the Commission.

Henry said, "They don't need to be kicked to the curb. They need a helping hand."

A helping hand to get them back on track to living a better life off the streets.


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