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August 25, 2013

Salem church wants to build center for homeless

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Fredette told the town that Pleasant Street United Methodist would serve homeless families four times a year through the help of approximately 50 volunteers.

Host congregations take turns providing food and shelter on a weekly basis. The network also operates a day center for the families at Calvary Bible Church in Derry.

Nesheim has said a survey of area school districts revealed there are more than 150 homeless families in Southern New Hampshire. She said the network relies on donations and fund-raisers to pay operating costs. A major fundraiser, “An Evening of Thanks & Giving,” is planned for Nov. 9 at the Atkinson Country Club, she said.

The new center would not have a large impact on traffic or safety, Fredette said. The church was built in the 1860s, he said.

More information on the project is available at hopecenter-psumc.org.

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