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    LITTLE ROCK (KTHV)--Benton First Assembly and Family Church in Bryant along with a local restaurant are teaming up to help end homelessness.

    Every Tuesday and Friday, the churches load up vans and bring donated food to the less fortunate in Little Rock. They also provide tents and sleeping bags to people living on the street.

    Benton First Assembly gives those who live on the street and want help to get out of their current situation a place to stay in an effort to curve homelessness in Arkansas.

    Every Tuesday night just, below the Broadway Bridge something happens that most of us don't realize; churches come out in full force to help the homeless. They give out food, clothes and fellowship.

    He grew up in Benton, was a football star married the homecoming queen and then his life turned upside down.

    It wasn't until 2 members of the Benton First Assembly Church found Jeff Holmes in a homeless camp that he realized he can get back on the right path.

    "I think it's important to go outside of the box and reach people so God can change their life," says Bryan Walker.

    Walker has many stories of success, but when he first met Holmes, it was different.

    "We were walking into a homeless camp and there happened to be three men in the camp and two started walking out as we were walking in and Jeff was the only one that stayed,"Walker said.

    "He had a bottle of vodka in his hand at the time. All big and burly guy but hey if he is next to be reached we'll take him."

    "I ran across this outreach program a guy named Bryan Walker," Holmes said. "He came up to me just ran into me in the woods out of the blue, happened to be from my hometown with a guy I knew.I was just beat down wore out and tired of living that way."

    Holmes has been clean for 4 months now. He says it's all because of the outreach and living in the Joshua House, a home the church provides to men getting back on their feet.

    "I never want to go back to where I was." Holmes said. "Homeless eating out of dumpsters and where I'm at now, is I have joy and peace and I just want to continue growing and someday give back what's been given to me."

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