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Thanksgiving feast set for county's homeless
by Tom Busselberg
Nov 23, 2005 | 178 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CLEARFIELD -- There may not be hundreds of homeless people lining up for a Thanksgiving meal, here, Thursday, but five Davis County families will be joining together in what organizers hope will become an annual event. Ken Adamson, coordinator of the Family Connection Centers (FCC) homeless and transitional housing program, will be hosting a meal for 20 people who will gather together that day. "Actual clients are helping to prepare it," he said. "One of them is actually cooking a turkey. All of them are making different parts of the dinner. We've never done this before. This is the first time.

"Being homeless, a lot of them don't have anybody to spend Thanksgiv-ing with, and not much money to spend on a feast. We wanted them to feel like they have family, that there are people who care," he said.

In addition to those feasting, Adamson said there will probably be about 10 more people who will be on hand to help out, "community members who want to help serve. Some of them are bringing in food, see this is an opportunity to serve."

He said the hope for the future is to expand the program further. "In all, we have over 90 people in our homeless program." Some of those not attending the dinner have said they do have places to spend the day, Adamson continued.

While this year's effort may be small, Adamson said he sees it as a way to demonstrate that "our community is actually doing something for our homeless" within the county. "We hope to make it an annual tradition."

One of the many missions of FCC, a non-profit community support agency, is to assist the homeless. Adamson has headed up the homeless/

transitional housing program for several years. During that time, several dozen households have been helped to move from homelessness to educational and job training opportunities, from transitional housing to, in some cases, being able to purchase their own homes and secure stable jobs to support their families.

The program emphasizes a self-help approach, providing assistance as participants take advantage of opportunities while also learning new skills and abilities that eventually make it possible for them to "graduate" from the program.

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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