TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The past few days have been a whirlwind for a Tampa couple. Rocky and Evelyn have been homeless for nearly three years.
On Friday they married – in a celebration donated by local businesses. From the dress to the limo ride to the venue, everything was donated. On Monday they moved into their new home. The couple pulled up to the new home in a limousine.
Rocky and Evelyn have come a long way from the wooded area in South Tampa they once called home. “It is a start over for me and her. Nobody really had to do this for us,” Rocky said.
The community has rallied behind the couple. Members of Homemakers for Hope spent the day turning a Tampa duplex into a home with donated furniture. The home was made possible through a Department of Housing and Urban Development program.
“It is exciting, heartwarming, heartwarming to have all these people come together for these two old people that used to live in the woods. We don’t have to live in the woods no more because we got a home,” Evelyn said. “All I can say is there is nothing in this world I can say but just thanks to everybody.”
For the couple, it’s truly a new lease on life. It was a feel-good moment for the volunteers who do this type of work on a regular basis.
“We get so much satisfaction every week, but this one is very special and we are very happy for Rocky and Evelyn. So everybody is going to be really happy to just go home and know that we were able to contribute,” Pam Stamey with Homemakers of Hope said.
Dan McDonald is the Tampa Police Department homeless liaison officer. He pulled everything together for Rocky and Evelyn.
“Maybe they can go volunteer and help someone else that’s less fortunate than them, and if everyone else does that than maybe we can make Tampa even a better place,” Officer McDonald said.