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Rescue Mission to run Union Street shelter

Posted: Saturday, Sep 29th, 2012

WATSONVILLE — Dozens of people displaced by the August closure of the Salvation Army homeless shelter now have a place to stay after Pajaro Rescue Mission agreed to run the facility.

In an agreement signed this week, Pajaro Rescue Mission will run the shelter on Union Street rent-free beginning Nov. 1, and will pay only for utilities.

Pajaro Rescue Mission officials will meet Monday to ratify the agreement.

The Salvation Army will provide a new, mobile shelter facility and continue to provide a daily dinner.

Pajaro Rescue Mission, meanwhile, will serve breakfast and lunch and provide round-the-clock staffing. The organization will also offer its drug and alcohol programs for residents.

“Our goal is not just sheltering, it’s giving them what they need to get out of the homeless cycle,” said Mike Borden, executive director of Teen Challenge Monterey Bay, which oversees Pajaro Rescue Mission.

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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