Church winter shelter seeks growth, funding help

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – Churches involved in organizing a winter shelter want to see it grow.

Faith United Methodist, New Covenant Fellowship and First Presbyterian churches are once again working together to serve homeless men in in Champaign, according to WAND-TV’s partners at The News-Gazette. The three groups opened a shelter last year, helping over 100 men find a place to stay in the calendar’s coldest months. In 2017, New Covenant will host the winter shelter while Faith United runs the operation.

In a potential expansion, a community group called C-U at Home is learning more about the effort and may decide to get involved.

Church organizers say the shelter will not turn people away, providing service to people who are intoxicated if they need help. The News-Gazette says the groups hope to put together $50,000 in funds and open by the start of December 2017.

To help reach that goal, Faith United Methodist is planning a fundraising concert for 7 pm. on July 31, featuring Christian artists Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. Tickets cost $15 if purchased early and $20 if bought at showtime.

Anyone interested in helping with funding should call the United Way of Champaign County at (217)352-5151.

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