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      Group that sheltered Ohio homeless works to reopen

      Officials of a charity that once provided shelter to the homeless are not giving up in their efforts to reopen the northwest Ohio program.

      The Toledo Blade reports that Family Promise of Greater Toledo had served homeless families in the Toledo area since 1993. But the charity also known as Interfaith Hospitality Network recently had to shut its doors because of declining donations amid a tough economy.

      The Rev. Loran Miracle - who serves as vice president of the group's board - said the charity hopes to be operating again by June. Miracle says officials hope churches that participate in the program can help secure steady financial support through their congregations and friends. Family Promise is part of a national organization with 173 affiliates in 41 states.

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