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FOX 8 received this news release from the New Orleans Mission Thursday afternoon:
The homeless of New Orleans are spreading messages of hope and love by writing open letters to the city. These letters are an authentic look into what brought them to homelessness and the steps that they are now taking to get back on their feet.
The campaign, called "Sincerely, Homeless," is the first of 2013 to raise awareness for the New Orleans Mission, a gospel rescue mission in the city that operates entirely on private donations, and the nearly 6,700 homeless individuals in the city. By giving the homeless a metaphorical microphone to share their stories, we're working to dispel the shame often associated with people who have hit hard times and also give a voice to those deemed the "invisible" members of society whom many people look past when encountering.
New Orleans, which has a rate of homelessness that ranks second only to New York, struggles to reduce the number of one out of every 53 citizens becoming homeless. Despite recent efforts by the city to improve the situation, homelessness continues to be a difficult issue that the New Orleans Mission is approaching from a different angle.
"Everyone hits a rough patch at some point in life," said David Bottner, the executive director of the New Orleans Mission. "Our goal with this campaign is to change the public's negative perception of the homeless, help people understand it's okay if they are struggling to get back on their feet and to encourage them to seek the help we and so many others offer."
The New Orleans Mission is a privately funded entity that relies on the donations of generous people and local grants to help support their various operations, services and programs.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges. Police says the former center's director of facilities allegedlymore>>
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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting in Marrero. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of 14th Street. Officers arriving on the scenemore>>
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Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances." The group was scheduled to play August 24 at Champions Square along with Keith Sweat and En Vogue. A press releasedmore>>
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A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkmore>>
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Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked robber who held him and his wife at gunpoint. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of West Homestead Drive. Policemore>>
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The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on bymore>>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
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