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KentHOPE plans homeless shelter meeting April 19

A general information meeting about starting a homeless shelter in Kent is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 S.E. 248th St.

KentHOPE, which wants to help establish a day center and eventually an overnight shelter for the homeless, will oversee the meeting as it tries to find a new location for the shelter after the Kent City Council declined the use of the Kent Resource Center as a day center/shelter.

The next steps by KentHOPE include:

• Searching for a site for a day center.

• Widening our network of support by contacting and enlisting more local congregations, businesses, service providers and professional organizations.

• Actively soliciting donations and planning a community fund raising event in the fall of 2012.

• Our executive committee, which includes representatives from several congregations, the Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, meets weekly in strategy sessions.

For more information, go to the KentHOPE Facebook page.

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