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Neighborhood Center Opens Doors To 25 Homeless People


Sacramento has a new homeless shelter, at least through the end of this winter.

Leo McFarland is President of Volunteers of America. He says as many as 25 people per night will be bussed from Loaves and Fishes in north Sacramento to the Stanford Settlement neighborhood center off of El Camino.

"These folks are in real bad shape, real bad shape: elderly, disabled, wet, sickly, so this shelter has been a real God-send for them," says McFarland.

Sister Jeanne Felion runs Stanford Settlement which has served as a respite center for people and family from the northern part of the county. But, she had never opened her doors to the homeless, until Wednesday night.

"The weather has been so severe, and, in talking with some of our locally-elected officials, it just seemed like the right time to open up one of our buildings that we don't use day in and day out," says Felion.

Volunteers of America is overseeing the new shelter.

The Association of Realtors contributed $50,000 to the effort. The city and county contributed $25,000 each, while United Public Employees contributed $10,000.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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