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November 28, 2005

Moultrie--A south Georgia homeless shelter needs your help. Since 1972, the Cross Roads Gospel Mission House has provided many people in Moultrie with a temporary place to call home. But that may not be the case much longer.

The shelter now struggles to stay open. "Our budgets got real slim the last few months," says shelter director, Shirley Kinnett.

The shelter depends strictly on donations from the Crossroad Mission Store; however, donations are down thirty-three percent.

Fewer donations means less profit for the store, and less income for the shelter.

"We have to have our store finances in order to keep us going here," says Kinnett.

The shelter currently houses eighteen men and eight women and provides them with three meals a day. They're worried the shelter may close.

"I hate it. The shelter helps a lot of people. I don't know what people will do without it," says shelter resident, Larry Busby.

Busby can't imagine the shelter not open. "It's always been here, you know. You expect it to always be here,"says Busby.

"If it was to shut down, it wouldn't just hurt me or my wife, but a whole lot of people living here," says shelter volunteer, Elgin Davis.

Davis says if the shelter closes, many people will have no place to go.

"Most of them will be out there on the streets and everything in the rain and cold," says Davis.

While it costs about $10,000 to run the mission house, director Shirley Kinnett believes everything will work out in the end.

"We're just leaving it like it is, and trusting the lord for the donations to come in," says Kinnett.

If you'd like to make a donation to the shelter, call the office at 985-7194.

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