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Not-so-Greener Pastures

The only homeless shelters in Bryan and Effingham Counties occupy nearly identical 1950s-style rant homes off of nearly identical state roads. They are branches of Family Promise, a national network of small service providers with roots in interfaith religious communities, funded mostly by United Way, some corporate sponsors, and private donations. They serve only families with children, and only a handful at at time. Last year, their allied churches and more than 600 volunteers assisted 50 families in Bryan and 67 in Effingham. At the time of this story, two families were sheltered in Bryan and 67 in Effingham. Each facility maintains a waitlist of seven to ten families on any given day. Candice Fife runs the Bryan program; Leah Kessler runs the Effingham one. Both were homeless at some point in their own lives.

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