Turlock councilman calls on community to help homeless

11/13/2013 6:23 PM

11/13/2013 6:25 PM

Turlock City Councilman Forrest White has put out a call to raise $500,000 in donations for the city’s first full-time homeless shelter.

White issued a challenge at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for 1,000 people in the community to match his $500 donation to the Turlock Gospel Mission. The donations are for the Turlock Gospel Mission’s Hope Lives Here campaign to fund a year-round center for men, women and children.

“I want to make a challenge to the public to step forward, and let’s get this project done,” White said. “Here we are coming on winter. It won’t make it for this year, but we hope to have it done by next winter.”

The Turlock Gospel Mission has a property at 437 S. Broadway on which to build the shelter. The $1.8 million overall project will be constructed in phases. The first, which will cost about $500,000, could break ground as early as January, with hopes of being done by October.

Last month the Turlock Gospel Mission received a $250,000 donation from Hilmar Cheese Co. for the campaign.

To donate to the Turlock Gospel Mmission’s Hope Lives Here Campaign, go to www.turlockgospelmission.org.

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