PHOENIX ( 3 TV / CBS 5 ) - Five months ago, Arizona’s Family met 23-year-old Jose Jimenez-Lobo, who had recently aged out of foster care and was struggling with homelessness. But on this Giving Tuesday, he is now doing so much better on the other side of things, helping those who are homeless in downtown Phoenix.
“There’s so much I’m excited to tell you about too!” Jose said Tuesday night, thrilled to tell Arizona’s Family about how much his life has changed for the better. Because back in August, Jose was in between homes, without a job, and without a family to call his own.
“I was struggling with home arrangement. I was struggling with sobriety as well,” Jose said. But he is living proof that things can turn around.
Since our first story, Jose now has a room with a loving family in Chandler and works every day at a car wash to make money to help support himself. And now, after being homeless last Christmas, he's giving back. “When you give out blankets, you see the smiles of other people," said Jose. "How thankful they are."
Jose and other families part of the nonprofit Crusaders of Love brought sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, backpacks, water and a food truck to the homeless in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night. “I was in the same spot you were once so it’s my pleasure,” Jose said to a man he was serving a meal to.
And even as it started to rain, the bitter weather didn't matter. “It means a lot to me,” a man named Dallas said. “I thank God very much because it’s going to get cold out here.”
Jose said he hopes to make people feel like family because those who made him feel like that helped change his life. And he wasn’t just giving Tuesday night, he was giving thanks. “I’m so thankful to be able to do this,” Jose said.
Organizers with Crusaders of Love said they come out and give supplies to the homeless about twice a month. They said Tuesday night they gave out 400 meals and over 100 blankets.