A concerned local citizen is advocating for the poor and homeless here in Bethel. Raymond Pete who started the “Very Berry Clean Moose and Fish Harvest Day” works at Swanson’s and says he regularly observes people who are struggling to stay warm.
Raymond Pete is in his late 50’s and is a lifelong resident of Bethel. Pete says he is organizing a winter clothing drive for those who have none.
Cut 1 “I see a number of homeless people and it seems to be growing mostly in young people in their early 20’s and on up, I see them in the same clothes trying to stay warm.” :15
Cut 2 “ examples could be like, winter shoes, warm coats, snow pants.”
Anyone with extra winter gear to share may bring those items to Reyne Athanas at the Cultural Center during regular business hours, to Swanson’s during their next moonlight madness sale, and to the Covenant Church during their Friday night supper club.
Covenant Church Associate Pastor, Aaron Anderson, says they started the supper club over seven years ago in partnership with the Catholic Church, and that they serve a hot meal to about seventy (70) people every week. (more)
Cut 3 “there’s definitely a mix that comes through the doors to eat, but definitely get that part of the population here in Bethel, we see a significant part of our population that fall in the category of homeless” :13
Pastor Anderson added that the community support for the supper club has been outstanding.
Cut 4 “ so right now we’re doing really well, and it’s because people are willing to donate their time and food.” :09
Pete hopes that someday Bethel will be able to provide a homeless shelter.
cut 5 “I would like the community, the non-profits and other organizations to address this problem, Bethel is growing and a homeless shelter could be set up here in Bethel” :20
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