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Barnabas Ministries Receives Large Pledge for Future Teen Homeless Shelter

UNDATED (WHTC) -- A local ministry that helps the homeless is planning what to do with a 300-thousand dollar pledge.  The Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Foundation has pledged the money for the Barnabas House project.  Barnabas Ministries Executive Director LoriJo Schepers says that after a series of meetings with DeWitt family representatives, they decided it was time to get involved.  She says the money will be used to build the area's first and only shelter for homeless teens.  Schepers says the Barnabas House will provide a safe place for homeless teens to go.  The House will initially be licensed for teens between the ages of 11 and 17 and 13 beds will be available.  She also said according to local police and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, there are 30 to 40 underage girls involved in prostitution rings in the area.

Story by:  Diane E Coston