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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany homeless shelter and soup kitchen is in danger of shutting down. Donations to the Faith Community Outreach Center are down. They just found out their United Way funding, which they thought would be cut in half, was cut even more.

A few minutes of prayer, and a hot meal. A meal Larry Roberts wouldn't have without Faith Community Outreach Center.  He said, "I come to them mostly everyday when I be able to make it to the service and then they feed us lunch after the service."

He's one of a handful of men who rely on this soup kitchen each day, but that hot meal is in jeopardy.

Director Janice Thompson said, "We were told our funding would be cut drastically. However, we had no idea how drastically it would be cut."

Faith Community Outreach Is one of many United Way supported non-profits. Usually, they receive a thousand dollars or more. This year, it's less than $400. Thompson said,  "It has really put us in a spiral downhill." It's so bad, finishing out the next few days will be a challenge. She said, "Hopefully we'll be able to finish out this fiscal year and beginning July first we're going to take it day by day."

But bills aren't going out on time, not all creditors have been paid. Assistant Direcotr Leslie Revill said, "They are late, because we just don't have the funds to do them." But they are sending up a prayer that help is on the way.  Revill added, "We're hoping the community will step in and help and God will send someone to come to our rescue." As they have come to the rescue of others in need.

Faith Community Outreach also operates a homeless shelter for women and children. Right now, about 15 people are living there. They're asking for community support and donations. To donate, call 436-0807.

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