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General News    H2'ed 1/5/10

Pennsylvania Borough Gives Homeless the 'Cold Shoulder'

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Clark points out that it is unacceptable during the Winter, when snow lies on the ground and temperatures drop into the teens, to have anyone "trying to survive on our streets." Shelter, says Clark, "is a basic human need and many more problems are created when this need is not met." The "true measure of a society," says Clark, "is how it treats its most needy."

The "movable shelter program," run by Wilkes-Barre's non-profit VISION program, and with the support of numerous churches that give temporary shelter and meals to the homeless, has had relatively few problems, says Clark. VISION director Vince Kabacinski told Council he has offers of legal support not only from local organizations but from some as far away as Arizona. "I didn't ask Sugar Notch to become part of the problem with the "not in my backyard' " attitude, he said.

On a sign in front of the church is the message, "Jesus was homeless, too."

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