20th Annual Games Day for Homeless A Success - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

20th Annual Games Day for Homeless A Success

Union Gospel Mission sponsors event at Reverchon Park



    20th Annual Games Day for Homeless A Success
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    CHICAGO - APRIL 28: Chicagoan Jake Ross, 40-years-old, displays his hand-made sign on a piece of cardboard asking for financial help for himself and his five sons near an off-ramp of the Kennedy Expressway April 28, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. Ross has been homeless for two years. Chicago is working on what is called a 10-year "plan to end homelessness," a program that favors permanent housing over shelters, hoping to assist the "chronic," or those on the streets for a length of time. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    Union Gospel Mission picked homeless people all over the city and took them to Reverchon Park for a day of free food and fun.

    "Obviously being homeless is a stressful situation so what we're wanting to do is help them turn their homelessness and just enjoy one another and obviously to enjoy us and fellowship in a way that we don't get to do very often," said William Thompson with the Union Gospel Mission.

    The public was also welcome to take part in what marked two decades of the philanthropic event.

    The park party featured: running races, football, volleyball, basketball, soccer kicking, crafts, games, crafts, clowns and stories for the kids.

    Union Gospel Mission serves hundreds of homeless in the Dallas area on a daily basis. Games Day gave the homeless an opportunity to have a fun, relaxing day in the park.

    The outdoor party also gave Mission leaders an opportunity to let their guests know about the services offered to help end the cycle of homelessness.

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