Help available for people stuggling with addiction, homelessness

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - "Take Back Tucson, Together We Can" was held at Himmel Park on Saturday, April 23.

The event was aimed at helping those who have either recently been released from jail, homeless and even people struggling with addiction.

Organizers said they have handed out food and shoes to people.

They said some people have been fighting different addictions for years and they should not have to fight to get accepted back into society.

This event is a way for people to know that everyone has not turned their back on them and there is help out there.

"What we are doing here is just to do something nice for someone else. You see them with their signs all over the street, all over the place. It is just us lending a handout and saying, 'Hey, I have been there before. What can I do to help?'" said Pete Thomas with the Sober Project.

Ken Stockton from the Redeemed Riders of the Sober Project said he has dealt with substance abuse and now mentors those in need.

"I have been a junkie for 25 years and by the grace of God and Jesus Christ I now am clean and sober. I have had the same job for 10 years," Stockton said.

The Office of Pima County District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez, Sober Project Redeem Riders, Cruising Christians, Full Throttle, Old Pueblo Community Services and Bikers for Christ are just some programs that offer their services to those struggling.

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