One Volunteer Walked 16 Miles To Help Out At Rock The Desert 8/3/13
CBS 7 News
MIDLAND-Rene Valdez walked 16 miles this weekend so he could volunteer for the Permian Basins biggest event of the year.
Valdez is homeless and has no car. After his father and brother died in the same week, alcohol took over his life.
Thanks to an old high school friend, Valdez was able to join a teen challenge program and has been sober for 39 months now. He said that Rock the Desert is a perfect out reach for people and that's why he volunteers.
“It’s not dedication to me, it’s because I love what they’re doing here. I love how they reach out, especially to the kids. Midland, pretty much all West Texas needs something like this to reach out to the kids,” said Valdez.
Finding a job has been hard for Valdez, he said he has been on multiple interviews, but no one is willing to hire him because he’s homeless.
Valdez said if he could he would tell employers one thing,
“I know I’m homeless, but I’m very trustworthy, I don’t steal or curse. I just want a chance.”
Valdez said he’s not going to give up on looking for a job. He said after the event wraps up he will be hired to help clean up the campground and hopes that it could lead to better opportunities.
“I had doors close on me before because of the alcohol and now I’ve opened up new doors,” said Valdez.
Valdez has had such an impact on the Rock the Desert staffers that today they called him to the main stage and gave him a birthday cake and had the entire crowd sing him happy birthday.
Valdez has no family, but he says after today he's gained a whole new family.