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This Side Up - August 13, 2008

Want to share some news with This Side Up? Pat Eudy can be reached by sending an e-mail to pateudy@comporium.net.
Want to share some news with This Side Up? Pat Eudy can be reached by sending an e-mail to pateudy@comporium.net.

Mitzie Shafer is a person who wears many hats, but most of you know her as the wife of Cross Roads Lutheran Church Pastor Jason Shafer.One of Mitzie's favorite things is her job as advancement associate with Lutheran Family Services. She is working on a great project in partnership with the Veterans Administration. The project is a transitional home for homeless female veterans. It's called Angel House.

Angel house will serve six female veterans at a time. The goal of this project is by the time they leave this home they will be self sufficient, have a job, bank account and a house or apartment. There are 300 female homeless veterans in South Carolina and 71 percent of them have suffered sexual assault while in the military, according to some statistics.

The Lutheran Family Services also partner with the veterans administration with a transitional home for homeless male veterans called Kinard House. The goals are basically the same as the Angel House.

They transport the veterans to and from the veteran's hospital for treatment, get counseling, and help them with paper work and anything else they need. The average residents are graduating from the program in nine months as self sufficient members of society.

Three fourths of the homeless population in our country is made up of veterans. More than 3,000 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are living in North and South Carolina without the basic necessity of shelter.

If you would like to help with the Angel House project call Mitzie Shafer at 1-800-HELPING or visit www.lfscarolinas.org.

A great big thank you to the residents of Sun City who have already contributed to this worthy project.

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