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Volunteers get hands dirty

By JON WILSON
Published February 28, 2007


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Conducting a "Mission Possible" project to help agencies that help the needy, First Presbyterian Church sent about 90 volunteers to five organizations on Saturday.

About 30 went to ASAP, a drop-in center for homeless people at 423 11th Ave. S.

Starting at 8 a.m. they spent six hours painting, cleaning and refurnishing two transitional housing units.

They also took furniture to ASAP clients who had been living in tents but received vouchers to move into apartments, ASAP director Karen Butler said.

"This was wonderful for me," Butler said.

The faith-based initiative to attack directly an ongoing St. Petersburg issue was a precedent for First Presbyterian, said volunteer Gail Michael The church is at 701 Beach Drive NE.

ASAP serves about 300 clients a month, providing a place for people to get showers, a change of clothing and coffee.

ASAP also arranges transitional and emergency housing for people trying to get off the streets.

[Last modified February 27, 2007, 20:20:49]


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