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November 23, 2006

Emmaus can prevent bad stories from happening

 By LINDA HOFFMAN

Guest Columnist

“Elderly woman found dead In her apartment, local police report there was no heat or food in the home.”

“Man found dead in his car: Police say the man was homeless and sought shelter in his car in the sub-zero weather.”

“Local restaurant owner reports finding children looking through his Dumpster for food. The children, on Christmas break, had not had a full meal since their last day of school.”



How would you feel if you opened the Pharos-Tribune and saw this kind of headline on the front page? How would this kind of news look to prospective new businesses thinking of moving to Logansport?

Hopefully we will never see headlines like this in Logansport, but we do have many people in Cass County who could be in these situations. Many are homeless or living in homes without adequate heat, and there are children going to bed hungry.

Emmaus Mission Center is doing its best to combat these problems. The mission has a food pantry with more than 2,000 clients coming in each month for food assistance. Our homeless shelter normally sleeps 48. Last winter we had to get special permission from the city to set up extra beds to accommodate the 65 people seeking shelter and warmth.

We also provide a thrift store where our clients can receive clothing and other needed items, a Hispanic translating service and we are the parent organization for the Morningstar Girls Home. The home is an Indiana licensed residential childcare facility in operation for more than 10 years that offers a safe haven for troubled girls and teens.

Emmaus can’t do all this alone. We need the help of the whole community, all of Cass County, to keep our doors open and to continue to offer these much-needed services.

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