Program offers homeless free phone calls, rides home
Thousands of homeless waited for their turn outside Cashman Center bright and early Thursday morning.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Thousands of homeless waited for their turn outside Cashman Center bright and early Thursday morning.
They were all in line for help with things like housing, free long distance phone calls and legal services.
Every year, Project Homeless Connect attracts thousands from around the Valley -- People like Mick and Bianca Guerra who came to Las Vegas three months ago with big expectations.
"It's really frustrating because you try and try and you think something is going to break for you and it doesn't and you get frustrated, and it's stressful," Mike said.
Mike and Bianca took advantage of a free long-distance call home, and walked away with a free bus ticket back to Ohio.
"Some of them are embarrassed to talk and have maybe lost touch with their family because of that reason, so this gives them a reason to reach out and connect with their family," said Leslie Carmine with Catholic Charities.
This and other services like free haircuts, medical and dental care were available for anyone who needs them.
Thousands of homeless people lined up in the early-morning hours to gain access to free services such as food, clothing, shelter and even legal services inside the Cashman Center.
A spokersperson for Clark County said about 2,800 people attended Thursday's event.
"If you want to know how blessed you really are, come to Cashman Field and see all of those men and women out there just looking for some help," said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly.
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