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Need for funds drives pancake breakfast

Money raised will go toward programs for local people who have lost their jobs and homes

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:11 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 9:00 a.m.
In order to meet the needs of a fast-growing homeless population in the Santa Clarita Valley, Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Citing what she called a huge need for funding, Linda Malerba, director of the center, credits a flat economy to an increase in clients.

"Our funds were spent quickly," she said.

She hopes the pancake breakfast will raise between $5,000 and $10,000, which will go toward the center and its programs for local people who have lost their jobs and homes.

"Now we're seeing a lot of families who were housed in the Santa Clarita Valley area. Professionals with careers who had homes now are losing their homes," Malerba said.

The center helps people find work, access social service resources and find affordable housing.

The center was successful in finding housing and employment for 57 percent of its clients who participated in case management in 2008.

Malerba said families the center helped last year are back on the streets again because of the dismal economy.

"(It's the) new face of homelessness - the professional person who is now a homeless person," she said.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Contact Linda Malerba at (661) 993-6198 to RSVP for tickets or find out more information.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 27265 Luther Drive in Canyon Country.


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