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Updated: 08/09/2014 08:00:01AM

New ‘home,’ shop for local ministry

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Mary Gordon, David Moorhead, Leslie Martin and Mary Holloway anticipate helping many in the community in Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc.'s new location, 1734 Cedarwood St., Port Charlotte. The site is a base of operations for the nonprofit mobile homeless outreach, as well as serving as its new thrift shop.

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Ministry volunteers Sylvia Merkle, Mary Gordon, Mickie Bowersock, Irene Vannest and Ashley Polk.

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Terri Smith and Eugenia Fernandez, two of the volunteers at Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc., prepare individual servings of soup, which, along with sandwiches, snacks and bottled water, will be used to feed those in need.

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Sherri Anderssenn and Eugenia Fernandez carry a cooler packed with food, which will be delivered to a local soup kitchen.

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Plenty of household items, furniture and more will be available at the new Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc. Thrift Shop.

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Sleeping bags, tents and camping equipment are supplied to the homeless who cannot get into a shelter.

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The ministry stocks nonperishable items to make lunches to deliver to area soup kitchens and food banks.

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Clothing, some new with tags attached, will be available at the thrift shop.

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The “man cave” portion of the thrift shop boasts numerous types of electronics, tools and fishing equipment.

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The homeless can get a hot shower the second and fifth Sundays of each month.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PORT CHARLOTTE — For more than five months, Ron has been homeless. Fortunately, he heard about Jesus Loves You Ministry Inc., a nonprofit mobile outreach program for the homeless that recently relocated to a new 6,000-square-foot building at 1734 Cedarwood St.

“They gave me a tent and other items, and I camp in the woods,” he said. “They helped me get my Social Security card, driver’s license, birth certificate, and additional Social Security benefits from the state. They have been so helpful.”

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