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Homelessness in Sweet Home

Church opens hearts, grounds to meet needs


September 9, 2020

NAZARENE church Pastor Bethanie Young talks with Louis Carreiro and others in the parking lot.

Pastor Bethanie Young didn't expect to become an impromptu camp host for the homeless, but when COVID-19 shut down warming shelters in March, it was hard to turn the needy away.

Young, after all, is the leader of the Sweet Home Church of Nazarene, which is a mission-minded church bent on helping others.

"Our congregation members have been compassionate about the homeless in the community," she said, pointing to the church's longtime support of Sweet Home Emergency Ministries.

So when a couple of homeless folks had to be turned away from the warming shelter because the volunteers were sic...

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