JPD officer helps homeless couple off the street

JPD officer helps homeless couple off the street
(Source: Karen Taylor Facebook Page)
(Source: Karen Taylor Facebook Page)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Facebook post showing a Jonesboro police officer helping a homeless couple off the street has gone viral.

The officer stopped the couple at the South Caraway exit off I-555.

The two are now looking forward to a few more nights in shelter after losing their home.

"We didn't have any choice but to pack up and leave," Jeremy Moore said.

Jeremy Moore and Debra Conway lost everything they had in Illinois.

"Everything just kept going wrong and eventually it was just too much to keep up with," Moore said.

The couple was struggling and when the heater broke in their trailer, they could not afford to fix it. So, they headed to the streets.

"It is very tough to get a leg up out there too, so we just have to take it day by day," Conway said.

The couple has been in Jonesboro for only 9 days and has already received help from the community.

"Some people look down on homeless people, but there are other people who want to give somebody a chance in life," Moore said.

One Jonesboro officer saw the couple on the street and saw they needed help getting back on their feet.

"They are down on their luck and they are honestly just trying to find something to put their foot on and bring them up out of that hole," Officer John Shipman said.

Back the Blue and Pink Ink in Jonesboro have been working on a project to open a safe room for couples just like Moore and Conway.

"If we just had a place that we could put them up for the night," Shipman said.

The safe room will allow homeless people to have a place to stay for a few nights and get cleaned up.

"I will do whatever I can do to get up on my feet and stand tall and proud and take care of her," Moore said.

The couple stayed at Park Place Inn for the first two nights and will move to the safe room Tuesday.

The safe room became ready to use on Monday and Moore is looking forward to using this opportunity to move forward.

"After someone hires me it gives me a chance to get my foot in the door and they will say, 'look there is a good worker,'" Moore said. "I will sweep floors, wash dishes, and work for minimum wage and work as hard as I can. I guarantee they will be pleased."

Moore and Conway thanked Back the Blue and Pink Ink for the help over the past few days.

Moore said he will work to make something of this opportunity.

"All I am asking for is an opportunity to be able to prove myself in life," Moore said.

Officer Shipman also thanks the community for their help in making the safe room a possibility for those in need.

"It is the little things that add up and the community here is willing to do that," Shipman said.

Back the Blue and Pink Ink want to keep the safe room location a secret in case those in domestic disputes need to use it.

They are asking for donations to the safe room including a full size bed, bed linens, pillows, a washer and a dryer.

Donations can be dropped off at Pink Ink, located at 3339 E. Nettleton.

Pink Ink will also sell Back the Blue T-shirts starting Tuesday.

Proceeds from these T-shirt sales will go to keep the safe room open for those in need.

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