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Winter Shelter Program for Homeless Still Short on Funds

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 10, 2011
Every evening, as many as 100 homeless people board a bus that takes them to a church - a different church each night.  There, they get a hot dinner and a warm place to sleep.  The program started in early December, but Tim Brown with the group Sacramento Steps Forward says it's only raised $50,000 of the $90,000 budget.

Brown: "This whole effort has been an act of faith, so yeah, we're moving ahead with the faith that the money's gonna come in - and you have to do it that way.  Although we are, seriously, worried that right now, we only have money in hand to get us maybe into the first week or two of February, and we had hoped to get through March."

On the bright side, Brown says the participating churches love the program.  Far more congregation members have volunteered than expected.  And some of the volunteers have even helped the homeless people with job opportunities and resumes.
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