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12/30/02

Area Homeless Speak Out On Daily Struggle

Steven Collins and his fiancee, Karmaleta Adams, have been homeless for about three months now, but for the past three days they've lived in a motel room, off of money Steven won in a free slot tournament at a casino.

But the money will run out Sunday night, and they have no where to sleep Monday.

"To be honest with you, like that lady who died in a tent, that's something that we're dealing with because you don't have a place. Nobody wants to do anything," said Collins.

And these two say it's not because they don't want to work.

"We've gone to churches, we've gone to other people. We even tried going to temporary agencies... and everything else," he said.

It's the requirements needed in order to work.

"You have to have a house. You have to have an address. And you try to ask the federal government for help for assistance, to get you an apartment or something, and it's the same thing. You always have to have an address. We don't have it," said Collins.

"We're turned away. We're refused. I mean, yeah, there's people out there that need it and don't get it, but me and him, we're not like that. We're two people, we want to work. We're clean. We're decent," said Adams.

She says if she could send a message to employers regarding the homeless, it would be this:

"Give people a chance. You know, whether you know 'em or not, give'em a chance," said Adams.

And believe it or not, there was a man next door, who gave them a chance.

A gentleman, who wishes to remain anonymous, brought a little temporary joy into this couple's life.

He paid for not one additional night, but two.

"I want to say thank you. God bless you," said Collins while hugging the good Samaritan.

"I feel very good. Maybe this can work out for the best," said Steven.

Steven and Karmaleta will hopefully begin full-time jobs on Monday - Steven at an area restaurant and Karmaleta at a local restaurant.

The only thing the good Samaritan said as he turned to leave is 'America is good.'

And so are you, good Samaritan.

By Karla Redditte

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