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Continued: Homeless families turn to churches, nonprofits for a lifeline

  • Article by: LIBOR JANY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Ezeagwula, a widower, was in deep despair when a social worker at his sons’ elementary school referred him to St. Andrew’s in February. At that point, he and his twin 10-year-old boys and daughter, 17, had no place to go after a dispute with his sister-in-law’s family.

“I was desperately looking for a refuge, a shelter,” he said.

Hayes knows the feeling.

“Some people may think it’s a small thing,” she said of the shelter program, “but when you have nothing, it’s the world.”

Libor Jany • 651-925-5033 • Twitter:@StribJany

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