Did you know that a little over 25 percent of Tucson's residents live in poverty? This weekend, at Tucson's 26th annual Hope Fest, you can help.
This year's Hope Fest is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity, located at 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd. According to Hope Fest volunteers, this event will provide services and support to Tucson's homeless, working poor and families in need.
At this Hope Fest there will be medical care, clothing, groceries, hygiene items, and haircuts offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Per the Hope Fest press release, over 60 established and reputable programs and services are scheduled to be at the event to connect on-going care to attending guests.
Doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners will also be available to check vital signs, blood pressure, glucose levels, provide HIV testing and pregnancy testing. They will also be administering flu shots and performing hearing and eye tests.
On Friday, the day before, Hope Fest volunteers are holding the "Pack the Parking Lot" drive, and they are asking the public to donate used clothing, hygiene items, canned food, diapers and stuffed animals at the Center from 7a.m. to 7p.m.
For more information, please go to the Hope Fest's website.
Looking ahead, the Center will be opening a collaborative campus for the homeless in the spring of next year, where beds, meals, addiction recovery services and a variety of other health services will be provided to those in need.