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Extending a hand

Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Redeemer Lutheran Church is one of seven McHenry County PADS emergency shelter sites for homeless men, women and children. Redeemer hosts an average of 50 homeless people from 7 p.m. each Wednesday to 7 a.m. each Thursday, from Oct. 1 through April 30.

Like the other emergency shelters, the Redeemer site operates with volunteers and donated food, funds and supplies. We have no paid staff and receive no tax dollars in any form. Our volunteers and support come from Woodstock High School, Marian Central High School, Grace Lutheran Church, the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, the Congregational Unitarian Church, the Woodstock Area Community Ministries, other churches and organizations, the community at large, and, of course, Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The PADS shelters are a perfect example of our community coming together to extend a hand to those most in need of help.

Huge thanks are due all of the volunteers and organizations that have provided efforts and support this season.

When you see a homeless person in your daily life, please treat them with the same human kindness and dignity you would like if you were in their place; they are truly our brothers and sisters.

Martin Coonen

Woodstock

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