Free child care is aid as homeless explore work

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Faith Garnett and her son, Tre, have been homeless for the past few months, but things are looking up.

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Nikki Pressley (left) and Tamara Starr entertain Tre at Interfaith Hospitality day care center. The support facility at 2177 Central Ave. in Augusta provides child care for children up to age 4 during the day while parents are at work.   Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Nikki Pressley (left) and Tamara Starr entertain Tre at Interfaith Hospitality day care center. The support facility at 2177 Central Ave. in Augusta provides child care for children up to age 4 during the day while parents are at work.

Garnett has transportation to her new job, and while she works, 2-year-old Tre stays in safe, affordable day care.

At night, they and other families in the Interfaith Hospitality Network sleep at one of the network's member churches.

"It's very positive to be in a church while you're going through things," said Garnett, 22.

Interfaith has been providing safe shelter and a fresh start for homeless families in the Augusta area since 1998.

While parents are working or looking for work during the day, their children are taken to school or attend free Interfaith day care.

The center relies on church partners and private donors for the majority of its financial support, so a recent $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area is a huge plus, director Sarah MacDonald said.

Once parents find steady work, the families can move into one of Interfaith's 11 units of transitional housing, while the children remain eligible for day care, she said.

With an emphasis on making participants self-sufficient, Interfaith boasts an 88 percent success rate, MacDonald said.

According to a recent study, Georgia has the nation's fourth-largest population of homeless children, with some 59,000.

"The majority of people are one paycheck from being homeless; you just don't know it," she said.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta

MISSION: To mobilize communities to help low-income families achieve and sustain independence, by organizing church congregations to provide support services, training volunteers, promoting outreach initiatives and advocating for adequate housing and support for low-income people.

LOCATION: 2177 Central Ave., Augusta

CONTACT: (706) 364-4462

WEB: www.interfaith-network.com

Helping Groups

SUNDAY: The Lydia Project

MONDAY: Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

TUESDAY: The Art Factory Inc.

WEDNESDAY: Augusta Urban Ministries

THURSDAY: Full Circle Refuge Inc.

FRIDAY: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta

TODAY: Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta

SUNDAY: Rachel Longstreet Foundation

MONDAY: Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center

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justus4
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justus4 04/10/10 - 06:55 am
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These kinds of programs are
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These kinds of programs are probably good things and really needed in particular communities, but something about the Constitution and the Establishment Clause, which clearly state the restrictions between governmental responsibility and steering folks toward a certain faith. Of course it requires a subjective standard, but reasonable people can agree that when/if a person benefits from such a program/faith, then that person will naturally feel obligated to promote that faith after overcoming a hardship. So here is the question: Are these kinds of programs promoting a specific faith over other faiths?

deekster
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deekster 04/10/10 - 07:07 am
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These organizations are

These organizations are "government welfare warmed over". A new face, but paid for by government grants/taxpayer dollars. These are not your grandparents "home mission funds" from tithing church members. These programs, "multiplying like fleas" are the results of "grant writers" by the thousands. Pres. Bush called it "faith based outreach". Somehow denoting a "godly mission". In reality, as with all "government programs", chains are attached. The "government giveth and the government owns". They feed, clothe, babysit, educate, medicate and give you money when you turn your life over to them? It is a religion. Talk about "separation of church and state? The state is the "religion of 21st century America".

deekster
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deekster 04/10/10 - 07:13 am
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Free childcare for people who

Free childcare for people who cannot afford to have children but cannot stop having children. Daycare centers staffed by people who have had children they cannot afford and are now babysitting someone's children that they could not afford to have. And the beat goes on. A culture "forever chained to their liberators".

willienelson
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willienelson 04/10/10 - 07:20 am
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If free childcare helps

If free childcare helps people explore work opportunities, what must we give them to have them actually find work?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/10/10 - 07:47 am
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Just park them in front of a

Just park them in front of a TV.

disssman
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disssman 04/10/10 - 07:51 am
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Funny the above people didn't

Funny the above people didn't find a problem with people renting their homes out for upwards of 70,000 tax free during the masters, but they condemn this woman for trying to get a job? Why didn't they complain when the millions were being divied up for all the non-profits downtown? Oh I forgot, that money was for the "stakeholders".

chadwick323i
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chadwick323i 04/10/10 - 08:08 am
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I blame obama and the

I blame obama and the democrats. No job, no home!

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 04/10/10 - 08:17 am
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people renting their homes

people renting their homes out for upwards of 70,000 tax free during the masters
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Can you say "wealth envy"? Aye knew you could.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/10 - 08:47 am
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If we are going to help the

If we are going to help the poor pull themselves up, this is a good tool that allows them to go out and find work. It's one of the few measures that works. Giving cash money to the poor only keeps them poor and unmotivated. Check out the Indian reservations to see what happens.

keeanzia
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keeanzia 04/10/10 - 09:15 am
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I think it is beautiful that

I think it is beautiful that they are helping people in need.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/10/10 - 09:18 am
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Justice and Deekster, this

Justice and Deekster, this organization is made up of several different faiths, Luthern, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Catholics. The churches proivde shelter, food, and counseling to homeless families and individuals. These individuals are not indoctrinated and forced to participate in forced "religion". Help and advice is offered, guidance on making better decisions in their lives so they can become self sufficient, and actually I'm sure a little bit of love is dished out which many probably are in need of. Why condemn something that is helping hundreds of families get back on their feet....you wish they stay in the gutter so you have something to complain about and make yourself look superior. Quit complaining and start helping.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 04/10/10 - 09:21 am
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The center relies on church

The center relies on church partners and private donors for the majority of its financial support, so a recent $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area is a huge plus, director Sarah MacDonald said.
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The article says "majority". Does this mean the smaller portion of their funding is from Government? Enquiring minds want to know because I'd praise this to the rooftops, if it doesn't take Government funds.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/10/10 - 09:40 am
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Foundations have no official

Foundations have no official relationship to government. Many even prohibit elected officials from serving on their boards while holding public office. They are products of community generosity entirely outside the flow of tax-supported agencies. Governments do, however, often call on Community Foundations and their expertise in dealing with community issues and, on occasion, turn to Community Foundations for help in designing programs and disbursing government grants for special community needs. Aye, this leads me to believe that funding is not from government funds but the government does rely on them for advise on determining special needs in communities where the government where their (our) tax money can be used more wisely.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 04/10/10 - 10:53 am
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Seems today there is a

Seems today there is a program everywhere for someone in need (A lot of the reason the USA is in the shape it is in). When I was raising my children (in the 70’s) and when I needed to go to work to make ends meet, I depended on my Family and Friends for support. And they in turn depended on me when they needed help. The YOU SCRATCH MY BACK and I WILL SCRATCH YOUR BACK, philosophy. There was none of this SOMETHING for NOTHING mentality. AMERICA is breeding DEPENDENTS ! I have a better program, but you dont get paid. How is this? If you need a sitter for the day, you are required to sit for someone else for the day.

butler123
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butler123 04/10/10 - 10:42 am
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This is a lot better than the

This is a lot better than the usual hand outs. I doesn't sound to me like a government program, more like a community program which is what we need more of in this country. There is a big difference between giving someone a leg up and giving someone a lifetime of sit on your butt benefits. Cudos if it really is.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 04/10/10 - 10:45 am
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I applaud these types of

I applaud these types of efforts. They seem to be designed to help those who really want to help themselves. Those who run the shelter in Harrisburg (the one that's neither merciful nor a ministry) could learn a thing or two from these people. Anyone who seeks "free" help should at the very least be held to a minimum standard. Sadly, and to the detriment of Harrisburg, this other "ministry" does not.

edwardc
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edwardc 04/10/10 - 12:57 pm
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Some people are renting out

Some people are renting out houses for the Masters and not declaring the income on the income taxes? Now the IRS knows. As you may have noticed, this current administration is cracking down hard on tax evaders that used to skate along with impunity. Go get 'em, guys! I pay my taxes, always have, why shouldn't they?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/10/10 - 01:00 pm
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Edward... They don't have to

Edward... They don't have to pay taxes on the rental less than 14 days I think... law was made esp. for this reason.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/10/10 - 01:37 pm
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1. There is a specific tax

1. There is a specific tax law in the tax code, called the "Augusta National" exemption, that says a homeowner does not have to declare the income if they rent their house out for under 2 weeks per year. So nobody is breaking any laws.

2. I had to work 2 jobs to pay for day care for my son. Nobody helped with a dime of it. If I had taken a low-paying job, I could've gotten all sorts of free help and I probably would've come out ahead.

lboogie618
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lboogie618 04/10/10 - 01:43 pm
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To deekster and others I

To deekster and others I happen to know that one of the people taking care of the children is college educated and brings her childcare and human service knowledge to the children and families of this program. As I see it this program teaches families how to be self sufficient and not have to depend on the government and hopefully one day become homeowners themselves.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 04/10/10 - 03:51 pm
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Someone needs to tell some of

Someone needs to tell some of these folks that when they become home owners, it doesn't mean buy a trailer home, then sit a BMW or CADDI in front of it. This is a valuable lesson to be learned. In other words Your CRIB equals more than your ride. LOL

backagain
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backagain 04/10/10 - 04:47 pm
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Corgimom,is it possible you
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Corgimom,is it possible you are wanting a pat on the back,doing something moms have been doing since God created moms.You are doing something 90% of mothers are doing,are you looking for special treatment.You aren't special.Chill out!

backagain
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backagain 04/10/10 - 04:57 pm
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Justus4 and Deekster,you guys
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Justus4 and Deekster,you guys should chill,and be grateful for the programs that are benefited by people living on the margins of society,Have you ever been there,perhaps if you had you would realize these programs are needed.Justus4,I'm disappointed in you,you come across as being Duplicitous.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 04/10/10 - 05:00 pm
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backagain says; "Corgimom,is

backagain says; "Corgimom,is it possible you are wanting a pat on the back,doing something moms have been doing since God created moms.You are doing something 90% of mothers are doing,are you looking for special treatment.You aren't special.Chill out!"
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Isn't that a nice comment , to influence friends? Shame on you, BA! Do you know Corgimom personally? My guess is, the answer to that is no! Possibly, you should chill, and examine the entire situation before you get all huffy and stuff! You chill! Be nice, now, you heah?

bentman
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bentman 04/10/10 - 07:28 pm
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One excuse eliminated.

One excuse eliminated.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/10/10 - 07:46 pm
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The downside of a mom working

The downside of a mom working two jobs to pay for daycare is that most often the mother doesn't get to spend quality time with here children or is too tired to give them the special attention they need. I understand that daycare is a business but seems to me there has to be a less costly way for mothers to earn a living while not having to worry about their little ones or how much it's going to eat out of their paycheck.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/10 - 08:31 pm
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Corgimom said, ". There is a

Corgimom said, ". There is a specific tax law in the tax code, called the "Augusta National" exemption, that says a homeowner does not have to declare the income if they rent their house out for under 2 weeks per year. So nobody is breaking any laws."

That's for state taxes, not federal. State taxes are a drop in the bucket when compared to the fed taxes as we all know.

balceroregontr
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balceroregontr 04/10/10 - 08:40 pm
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This is a great program that

This is a great program that helps people who want to be self sufficient do so. They keep families together and help them learn to manage money , find jobs and move from the churches into their own homes. I have volunteered at one of the churches and was blessed by meeting the families in the program. I am glad they benefited from the grant and no the families will too.

butler123
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butler123 04/10/10 - 09:16 pm
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If Obama wanted to overhaul

If Obama wanted to overhaul something in this country maybe child care would be better opposed to healthcare. I'm taking care of my grandchildren while my daughter is deployed and she said one of her buddies wives would take care of them for a day if I needed it and would only charge $40-$50 a day. Man if that is the going rate then I need to start doing it.

disssman
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disssman 04/11/10 - 07:33 am
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ayetidosi. I would say you

ayetidosi. I would say you said it right but in a different way. It appears you would praise the rich at the cost of the poor. Just think of what this town could be like if the rich were taxed appropriately and not given special benefits because of their high status. Why I'll bet the realty company downtown in a government facility would have to close. You do know about that place don't you, the litttle office set up specifically for the "stakeholders"?

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