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July 30, 2014 Uncategorized

Sailing to the Homeless

??????????Williamsburg never developed a shelter for the homeless because officials feared it would become a magnet for homeless from Newport News. “Many communities take a similar approach,” Thomas Fortuna explained while sailing the York River. “But that ignores the fact they’re still out there, in need of help.” He’s with Columbus House in New Haven, where he’s particularly proud of a bootstrap program. “It runs five days a week, from 9 to 3, shaping up the chronically homeless to overcome their addictions and learn work skills. If you’re late, you’re out.” Fully 55% attend the sessions religiously, graduate and find jobs, “thanks to generous stores and other employers who are willing to take a chance on their fellow human beings.” What he’s selling is hope. “It’s about having something to do come Monday morning.”

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