Homeless veteran in Arizona remains hopeful during holiday season

Dec 18, 2014, 11:08 AM | Updated: 11:08 am

PHOENIX — An Army veteran is hopeful she can leave homelessness behind.

The holiday season is keeping Tempestt Washington optimistic that she will find stability in the Valley.

“I served my time and ended up in Georgia,” Washington said. “I felt stagnant there and I thought about it for a long time, almost didn’t come. I feel like if you don’t take a chance you will never know. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Valley of the Sun United Way recently held Project Connect — an opportunity for homeless people to connect with dozens of organizations that could provide solutions.

Washington said she received a lot of useful information and guidance.

She said she’s thankful for all the support she’s received and hopes other veterans who find themselves in the same situation don’t lose hope.

“There are a lot of benefits, a lot of opportunities and a lot of people willing to help all veterans,” she said. “I hope veterans do research and take advantage of the services.”

Washington, who has two degrees in the culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu, isn’t finished helping protect the country. She signed up for the U.S. Army Reserves.

In the meantime, she hopes her culinary background and education will help her land a job.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Smoke can be seen from a camper fire that delayed traffic on Interstate 17 north of metro Phoenix, ...

NB Interstate 17 closed briefly north of metro Phoenix after camper fire near Bumble Bee

Northbound Interstate 17 was closed briefly north of metro Phoenix on Wednesday morning after a camper caught fire, authorities said.

48 minutes ago

The Simmons Fire can be seen burning near Kearny, Arizona, on May 28, 2024. The fire has destroyed ...

Arizona’s Simmons Fire destroys at least 2 structures after prompting evacuations

At least two structures were destroyed overnight by a wildfire that prompted evacuations near the central Arizona town of Kearny.

3 hours ago

File photo of a Phoenix police crime scene. Police responding to a shooting in Ahwatukee on Tuesday...

Man killed, teen seriously injured in late-night shooting in Phoenix’s Ahwatukee area

A man was killed and a teenage boy was seriously wounded in a late-night shooting Tuesday in Phoenix’s Ahwatukee neighborhood.

4 hours ago

Auto thefts in Arizona fell from 2022 to 2023, new report found...

Auto thefts in Arizona fell 6% last year due to various factors, expert says

Auto thefts in Arizona fell last year by 6% compared to the year before, according to a new report from The National Insurance Crime Bureau.

4 hours ago

Avondale sand volleyball grand opening...

Nick Borgia

City of Avondale announces grand opening of sand volleyball complex

The City of Avondale announced the grand opening of a new sand volleyball complex. It is located at The BLVD.

6 hours ago

Park Algodon: $250M development breaks ground in Phoenix...

Construction starts on Park Algodon, a Phoenix industrial and mixed-use project

Developers broke ground on a $250 million industrial and mixed-use project called Park Algodon on May 22, 2024, officials said.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Homeless veteran in Arizona remains hopeful during holiday season