8 Elizabeth City churches open doors to homeless people

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Eight churches in Elizabeth City are starting a program to provide food and shelter to homeless people.

The Rev. Chip Broadfoot of Christ Episcopal Church tells The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City (http://bit.ly/1S9tyGE) that the church will open its doors to homeless people Sunday. He says people seeking shelter must first go to Hugh Cale Community Resource Center for screening.

Broadfoot says Christ Episcopal and its partner churches have been preparing the Room program for about a year, with assistance from nonprofits and law enforcement. He says the reasons for the program are simple: wintry conditions are dangerous, and scripture calls for hospitality and compassion.

Other participating churches are: Blackwell Memorial Baptist, Cann Memorial Presbyterian, Faithway Apostolic, First United Methodist, Forerunner Ministries, Forest Park and Holy Family Catholic Church.

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Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/

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