Homeless couple says “I do,” gifted keys to new apartment

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area homeless couple gets the wedding of their dreams! They are now husband and wife with a bright future ahead of them.

This is the day that Evelyn and Rocky have been looking forward to. It’s a far cry from where the couple started. They’d been homeless for almost three years, living in a wooded area off Manhattan Avenue in South Tampa. Friday they tied the knot in a special setting in Dover.

Evelyn said, “This is a dream come true and everybody that has did all this it has just been a dream come true.”

The couple and their dog have been through a lot of tough times together. But they never gave up on their dream of one day living together in a place they can call home.

Rocky said, “We look forward to a new life, to start over, that’s about all I can say, it is going to be a start over.”

When the owners of the Cross Creek Ranch in Dover heard the couple’s story, they offered their wedding services for free.

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“It has been so moving to see how excited they are and it has been as much a gift for our staff, myself, my husband and our staff as much as it is for them,” Bonnie McSharry the owner of Cross Creek Ranch said.

Others donated a dress for Evelyn, a tux for Rocky, flowers and food and drinks for all the guests. Tampa Police homeless liaison officer Daniel McDonald is credited with pulling this all together.

“We do have a lot of challenges working with the homeless, so it is nice to have a victory like this, it is nice to see them happy and starting a new chapter in their life,” McDonald said.

It’s a day the couple will never forget.

Evelyn added, “It is awesome that all these people come together for these two homeless old people.”

Rocky and Evelyn can’t wait to start the next chapter in their lives, but they do so knowing it wouldn’t have been possible without so many others looking out for them. The married couple has something else to look forward to following their wedding. Late Thursday, they received the keys to their new apartment.

They’ll be moving to a duplex in the northern part of Tampa.

Their home is part of the Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program.

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