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Local minister works to house and employ homeless

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

A Lafayette minister is continuing his effort to keep homeless people out of the cold. He and a Lafayette hotel are giving at least 30 people a warm place to stay and a meal.

"I ain't got to go hustle. I ain't got to go do the bad things. All that bad, I left it behind. I'm trying to do good," says Thomas Romero of Lafayette.

Romero is one of 30 people and counting whose life was turned around, thanks to Pastor Lawrence Levy and Freedom World Ministries.
Levy, with the help of the Motel 6 on University Avenue, is giving these people a place to stay during this cold snap, but Levy says this is just the start of a much bigger project.

"Anything that they need, we have, and this week will be the week where we go and get their IDs and start trying to do job placement for them," says Pastor Levy.

The men and women say they are already on a track for success, and they don't want to slow down.

"I don't have an urge to use drugs. I haven't left the premises since I've been here. I have more urge and am more eager to help these people," says Clayton Harndon of Lafayette.

But Levy says he and his ministry need more help from the public to continue his mission and keep these people housed.

"Right now, what we're asking for is monetary donations to be able to take care of this facility," says Levy, who is also asking for transportation to get these men and women to and from job interviews and medical appointments.

To help Levy, you can go to the Motel 6 on University Avenue and drop off donations, or contact him at 678-799-5712.

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