Local Homeless Advocate Passes Away

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A man who dedicated his life to helping the homeless passed away early this morning after a heart attack.

We interviewed Dennis Beavers just last month for a story about panhandlers.

He told us, "One of our philosophies is they are still all God's babies. "

He ran an organization called SOAR Network.

It's an outreach that brought people together to help the homeless.

During our conversation with Dennis, a man asked him for help.

So, Dennis gave him a coat and other clothing, a true show of his character.

Elizabeth Evans met Dennis in November and said he changed her life.

The reporter asked her, "Where do you think you would be right now without his help?"

She responded, "Honestly, I have no idea."

Elizabeth is just one of hundreds Dennis helped.

He kept his doors open to the homeless 24 hours a day.

Aaron Reddin, another local homeless advocate, said, "Probably one of the biggest things he taught me was to never be afraid to help anyone at anytime."

Aaron knew Dennis for years and like many others called him a friend.

He said, "He was a great great guy and a huge piece of the puzzle for our battle against homelessness here."

A special memorial will be held for Dennis Beavers at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon under the Broadway Bridge.

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