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Groups join together for homeless initiative
Gateway Behavioral Health Services is asking a nonprofit Christian-based organization to help it determine how many men, women and children in Brunswick and the Golden Isles are considered homeless.

Barbara Meyers, clinical director for Gateway, said FaithWorks of Brunswick has been asked to help count homeless people.

Gateway received a grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to count the homeless and "precariously housed families and individuals" in Glynn County.

Beginning Tuesday and ending Feb. 4, the survey will mostly be conducted in community settings and areas where the homeless congregate.

Meyers said the count is made every two years to give state and local officials a better understanding of housing issues and help them obtain funding.

"While Gateway has taken the lead in conducting the homeless count in previous years, this year we asked FaithWorks if they would be interested in partnering with us," Meyers said. "They (Faithworks) have a tremendous network of churches and community volunteers that provide outreach and support to the homeless and people in need."

The homeless situation is likely an even bigger problem today. The Rev. Wright A. Culpepper, executive director of FaithWorks, which provides food and other help to needy families and individuals, has seen first-hand the impact the economy has had on area families and individuals.

"Currently our resources are stretched helping those who are hurting in the community," Culpepper said. "By helping the state identify where the greatest need is, hopefully more funding will come to Glynn County."

Volunteers are needed to help with the survey.

They won't have to worry about not knowing what to do to join. Faithworks will show them.

A training session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the FaithWorks/Sparrows Nest office at 2911 Altama Ave.

For more information about the survey or training contact Faithworks at 261-8512.

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