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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany State student is bringing community members together with those who feel like they have no community, the homeless. She's helping those who are or who are in danger of becoming homeless, find services they may not know about.

They'll also get a health check up, a free meal, and information about jobs. 20 years ago this week, The Albany Rescue Mission started helping the homeless find the help they need.

"Thousands of people have been through here," said Brother Larry Hample.  He gladly accepts those in need. But it isn't always easy for them to get help elsewhere.

"With the economy the way it is," he said, "this isn't getting any easier."

That's why Albany State Student Kontorra Davis has organized an event to bring all those resources together. She said, "We want the community and the homeless population to come together so the community can get information on how to combat homelessness and also provide the homeless with the resources they can use and desperately need."

A need that continues to grow.  Dr. Babafemi Elufiede said, "The issue of homelessness is a big problem for the nation."

Davis is organizing the event as part of her research work at ASU as a political science major. It's a job that makes her professors proud and helps the school better be involved in the community. Elufiede said, "It makes Albany State University feel completely relevant and that we can know that the institution is doing a whole lot for the community."

In hopes to make the homeless part of it. Davis said, "It will make me feel like I did something, even just a small part, to make a difference." And help those with nowhere to go, find their way home.

The resource fair is open to everyone, but the health screenings will only be performed for the homeless. It's being sponsored by the Coalition to end homelessness and the Department of Community affairs.  That wellness event is Saturday, November 14th at First Presbyterian Church from 9 until four.

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