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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • WEBQ Radio-thon hopes to keep 4Cs homeless shelter open

  • Harrisburg will be without a homeless shelter on Oct. 31 if the Tuesday, Oct. 29 Radio-thon on WEBQ FM 102.3 does not reach its financial goals.
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  • Harrisburg will be without a homeless shelter on Oct. 31 if the Tuesday, Oct. 29 Radio-thon on WEBQ FM 102.3 does not reach its financial goals.
    "It costs about $4,000 a month to keep the doors open," said Mona Crim, Homeless Shelter Director.
    The Radio-thon starts at 8 a.m. on the popular local station. It will end at 4 p.m. and depending on the degree of success Harrisburg may or not continue to offer the homeless a place to redirect their lives in a healthy direction.
    "We will have 12 volunteers working the phones next Tuesday," said Norma Gibbs. "We will decide whether we can keep the doors open after the event is over."
    Businesses are offering donated items, monetary donations and discounts for services via the Radio-thon. WEBQ plans to keep a giant thermometer on hand Tuesday to keep track of the funds raised.
    "Participating business will be mentioned on air from now until the Radio-thon is over. Most of our support comes from the local churches but individuals are very important also," she said.
    A roof over heads is not the shelter's only goal. The 4Cs works to help people along the path to self-sufficiency.
    "Here at the shelter we do a national background check on anyone who applies for residency. We do a drug and alcohol test also. It takes a user or drinker about 30 days of abstinence to pass those tests. We also do a screening to determine if they need the services offered at Mulberry Center. We can refer to places for health services also," Gibbs said.
    Gibbs said that major depression is the most common ailment experienced by homeless individuals.
    "Once they are residents we require that they look for work each day. They have to be up and out by 8 a.m.," she said.
    "No one is allowed to sit around all day."
    Chuck Thompson was once a resident of the shelter. He now works at the night security guard.
    "The living conditions here are fine," he said.
    Mona Crim interviews each resident once a week to check on their progress towards independence.
    Some of the businesses offering donations are posted on the 4Cs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/650773404967811/ or search for "4 C's - Christian Community Compassion Center."
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