On Monday, 90Works hosted the 90Works Day of Impact at Striving for Perfection Ministries on Bass Avenue. The free event was designed to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
FORT WALTON BEACH — A local nonprofit organization hosted a one-stop shop on Monday to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The event, dubbed the 90Works Day of Impact, was held at Striving for Perfection Ministries on Bass Avenue.
According to Anthony Sawyer, director of outreach for 90Works, the group focuses on helping the struggling population in six key areas: housing, employment, transportation, health, safety and support.
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“We think those are the things that are necessary to become self-sufficient in our society today,” he added. “You can find all of those services here, and there’s no charge for any of it.”
Organizations including the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority, The Salvation Army and the Okaloosa County Department of Health were on hand to assist visitors. Judge Angela Mason was also present, along with representatives from the Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Tax Collector.
“They’re not trying to arrest anybody,” Sawyer said. “They’re just trying to work through whatever legal issue (visitors have) that’s holding (them back) from either working, getting a driver’s license or anything like that.”
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For Rebekkah Lair, who is currently couch surfing with her husband in Fort Walton Beach, the event was a “hub of resources that you don’t normally know about.”
She added that it’s often hard for homeless people to get help and believed the event was a step in the right direction. Lair hoped that any negative “stigmas” about being homeless would eventually go away.
“Try to get to know them instead of turning the other way, or reporting them,” she said. “Find out what the situation is with them because (for) some people, it isn’t a choice to be out here.”