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Letter: We're all in this as a community

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Loren Mellum’s commentary, July 17, invites public support for Churches United for the Homeless housing project. My church, St. John Lutheran, takes part in sheltering the homeless in cold weather. I discovered that most are educated, many have jobs and some have cars. All have cellphones; well, why not.

One man said, “I’m glad you have food here. Missed dinner when I went to the gym.” I pondered: He went to the gym, he’s just like us. Oops, note to self, don’t do the “us-and-them” thing. Not good.

The project in question is not a shelter; it’s a place to live. My spouse heard a man say, “I’m not homeless. I have a home. I’m house less.” Brilliant.

This mirrors what Sheri McMahon’s July 28 letter said, “When people have their own place to live, are they still homeless?” What a concept!

By the way, the folks who came to our church were polite and thankful. We’re all in this together as a community to provide help to those who need it. As we say at St. John, “God’s Work, Our Hands.”

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