It has been a busy week for Sock It Forward and there is lots of news to report on!
Last Friday we handed out hundreds of pairs of socks to the homeless in downtown Phoenix. After that we met up with Michael Reyes of PAZ Cantina at CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services). We then handed out a few hundred more pairs of socks and helped him and his crew hand out over 400 burritos to homeless people at that location. It was a great time had by all, extremely rewarding. Homeless people need new socks so bad and when we hand them out, most of them will literally take off their old socks and put the new ones on right then and there. They tell us they have no money for laundry and if they did they have no transportation. They say they always have to keep their possessions on them, so it’s a lot to carry around.
One of the homeless men we met last week, who goes by the name Patrick, told me what the homeless really need is a website that has all of the resources the state provides in one place. So we are currently building azhomeless.com. It will have all the information and links on there about getting food assistance, help in getting a job, free education, free daycare, free detox centers and even free legal advice. We found most of these people cannot get a job or even food assistance if they have a felony on their record. And to remove that felony it can cost as much as $1,000 with a lawyer. Well, by just filling out these couple forms and then taking them down to the Phoenix Courthouse, their felony will be expunged, free of charge. So, that is the kind of stuff we plan to have on that site, very excited about that.
The next day we went out and handed out over 300 pairs of socks to homeless people in downtown Phoenix and Tempe. It was a fun day! Then on Wednesday, we did an interview about our cause with Lily Altavena, a writer for The Phoenix New Times. It was a great interview and hopefully it turns out good. She asked a lot of great questions and really focused on how to help the homeless here in Phoenix.
Throughout the week we handed out another 300 or 400 pairs of socks to the homeless at various locations in the Valley.