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Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office holds block party for the unsheltered

A community block party filled the streets of Roanoke on Saturday, as the sheriff’s office brought people who are unsheltered together for a day of fun.

No matter your upbringing, where you live, or who you are it was a party for everyone.

“This is where we see hope at,” Roanoke City Sheriff Antonio Hash said. “This is where it starts again, by starting in the type of community.”

Hash said he wanted to throw the party to bring the unsheltered community together.

“It’s just really good to be here with all of our partners, collaborating and seeing so many people out and the smiles on their faces is just tremendous,” Darlene Lewis with the Hope Center said.

Lewis along with a dozen or so community groups showed up to the block party — some offering health resources and testing. There was free food as well, about 600 hot dogs were given out.

“I’m just overwhelmed right now it’s heart-filling you know to see everybody come together to make this what it is,” Melvin Ward with Kool Kids Diggity Dogs said. “It’s just overwhelming.”

Attendee Anthony Davis said community events and groups like these are exactly what have helped him get through his struggles.

“I was addicted to drugs and God has delivered me,” Davis said. “I’m no longer doing drugs anymore, you know I’m clean. I’m in the program here, and it’s awesome.”

Source: WSLS News 10

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