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Published April 25, 2012, 05:48 PM

Fargo organization helping people get a new start on life

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hundreds of people showed up at the FargoDome for a chance to get a new start on life.

Hundreds of people showed up at the FargoDome for a chance to get a new start on life. An F-M organization reached out to people in need offering everything from haircuts to employment services.

That's where we met one Fargo man who went from owning his own business to living on the streets. Here's his incredible story.

Kevyn Buckle wanted to look good for his job.

Kevyn Buckle – Recovering Alcoholic: "I'm a server over at Devilwood so I deal with people every day."

At one time, Kevyn was in business for himself, working as a chiropractor in South Dakota. But then he hit rock bottom.

Kevyn Buckle: "I went through a divorce. I didn't deal real well with that and I turned to alcohol, I turned to gambling."

Kevyn has struggled with substance abuse and depression for the past 15 years. He's now in recovery and has a place to live.

Kevyn Buckle: "I'm kind of finding myself again, what some of my passions are."

He's doing that with the help of Project Community Connect, a program by the Fargo Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons at the FargoDome. It gives free haircuts and emergency dental care to people in need.

Kevyn Buckle: β€œIt helps me now because I have to use my money to catch up on my bills and stuff so.”

Kevyn also found referrals to transportation, housing and employment services.

Kevyn Buckle: "I believe I can do well again, but I have to just take it one day at a time and not be afraid to use the help that's out there."

Help that started with a haircut.

Project Community Connect was just for today. For more information visit