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Homeless seek help at Take Back Tucson event

Posted at 10:20 PM, Apr 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 08:07:58-04
Dozens of homeless people sought out help at Take Back Tucson today. A community outreach program set up the event to help get some of Tucson's homeless off the streets. The program provided information on how to end drug and alcohol addiction in hopes of getting guests back on track.
 
Julie Stinnett has been homeless for more than 6 months.
 
"So I'm going through a rough time," said Stinnett. "We're expecting our third kid."
 
Stinnett, along with many others, attended Take Back Tucson looking for a second chance.
 
"Coming here today was a very blessed situation and I got to meet one of the bikers named Angel and got to hear one of her stories and it's really opened my eyes that I'm not the only one who's going through this situation."
 
The event put on by different charity and faith based organizations including Sober Project Redeem Riders, Cruising Christians, Full Throttle, Old Pueblo Community Service and Bikers for Christ. Take Back Tucson offered information on ending drug addition and getting back on their feet. 
 
"I'm not alone because, I mean there's all these other people that are going through the same situation that I am. You know, we all have our different stories, a lot of them are the same you know, and if we look for the help we need we'll get the help."
 
Some of the best advice came from people who battled addiction themselves. 
 
"I was a junkie for 21 years," said Ken Stockton with Sober Project Redeem Riders. "April 11th I celebrated my 12 years clean and sober. It's been put on our hearts to reach out. I used to live under a tree here in Tucson. It's been put on our hearts to reach out to the people and let them know that there's hope, there's a better way of life out here."
 
Event organizers say it's important for the public to properly dispose of prescription drugs instead of just throwing them in the trash. You can take unused pills and containers to police and fire stations so they don't end up in the hands of someone who can abuse them.