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Choir Fest benefits homeless families

The 11th annual event will take place Jan. 6


The 11th annual Epiphany Choir Fest, a benefit for the Human Solutions Homeless Families Program, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.

Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted for Human Solutions’ emergency Daybreak Shelter and other services for homeless families. In honor of Human Solutions’ 25th anniversary, Pacific Power will match the first $1,500 in donations received at the event.

As in years past, local church choirs and community choirs will sing traditional Christmas anthems and carols and combine to perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. Participating churches include those who participate in a network of faith organizations that contribute time and resources to the Daybreak Shelter, a year-round, 15-bed facility located in the basement of Peace Church of the Brethren, and Family Winter Shelter, a seasonal 80-bed facility that provides overnight shelter to homeless families at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ.

Donations collected at the Epiphany Choir Fest will provide emergency shelter and help Human Solutions purchase food and other essentials for homeless families during the rainy winter months. Human Solutions is seeing record demand for emergency shelter and other services, and relies on the community to help sustain critical programs that help homeless families permanently overcome their homelessness and attain self-sufficiency.

On any given night, Human Solutions shelters or houses more than 770 homeless people in 240 homeless families. The agency’s four key program areas are homelessness prevention, affordable housing, employment and economic development,and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance. For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.



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