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Extending a helping hand

Longtime resident advocates for city’s homeless population

Ginny Cotter didn’t wake up one morning and decide she was going to help Sweet Home’s homeless.

But the longtime resident has definitely become a significant player in helping them – primarily the ones who have banded together in encampments, first at the Sweet Home Nazarene Church and, more recently, behind the old City Hall – manage their affairs. 

She’s gotten to know their quirks and their needs, and she’s, well, giving them some mothering when they need it. Some “human kindness” is the way she likes to put it. 

Cotter, 65, grew up in Sweet Home, where her dad, William...