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11/22/04-Longview

Churches Of Different Faiths Work Together To Help The Homeless

Ten churches of different faiths come together for one purpose. It's called the Interfaith Hospitality Network. The volunteer churches work together to provide shelter, food and job training for homeless families.

The warm place to sleep and home like atmosphere has been in the making for more than two years. For Pastor Craig Moore, this is a shelter for the homeless that is truly one of a kind in Longview. "One of the things we realized here in Longview is that while single men have a place and single women have a place, there wasn't really a good place for families who are homeless to have an opportunity to be together and make that transition back into a permanent residence," says Moore.

Families will sleep at the churches at night. During the day, they'll stay at a renovated home.

"The main thing we're wanting to give them is a home environment they haven't had. We have one room that's set up for them where they have their own computer and their own telephone line," says Director Terri Cawley. "We have a wonderful dining room for them to eat their meals, a big kitchen and a play room for the children."

Families can stay in the program for 30 days. Terri says that truly helps them turn their problems around. "I'll work with them on a one on one basis to get them on their feet to resolve the problems that they've had."

The churches involved, are of different faiths, but came together to help the homeless. It's a program, volunteers believe will change lives.

To volunteer, make a donation or just get more information about the Interfaith Hospitality Network at (903)753-3561.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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