Volunteer network operates local shelters and soup kitchens

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

“We have good people in Crestview,” Sprague said. “They take care of them (the homeless). They keep an eye on them.”

Fewer people have been staying in Crestview’s shelters this year than last, she said. Typically, Crestview shelters daily serve five to eight people.

“It’s been probably down a little bit because a number of people have got places to stay and they’re no longer homeless,” Sprague said. “That’s always good.”

The range of people served is wide, and sometimes includes couples and families, she said.

“It’s not just drunks who show up,” Sprague said. “It’s people who are just down on their luck. Their husband beat them or whatever. We do have far more men than woman, but we do get women and women with children sometimes.”

Through monetary donations, Hope Network sometimes can remove a family from the streets.

“We had a mother with a 16-year-old daughter who was pregnant, a middle school boy and a 2-year-old child. They were living in her car and driving to Destin to work every day.

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