Sarasota News Leader

11/01/2013

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RELIGION BRIEFS (From left) Redeemer parishioners John Meyer; Cathy Meyer; Jay Crouse; Laura Crouse; Annie Pollard; Garland Pollard; Andy Dorr; Valerie Dorr; the Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, rector of the Church of the Redeemer; Pam Hawn of South Shore Community Church and SRQ county leader for Day of Hope; and Redeemer parishioner Jody Maxwell celebrate the church's recognition. Contributed photo CITY OF SARASOTA HONORS CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER The Sarasota City Commission officially recognized the Church of the Redeemer during its Oct. 21 regular meeting, praising the church for serving the community's homeless and at-risk children through its participation in the third annual Day of Hope, held Aug. 3. the Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson said upon receiving the proclamation on behalf of Redeemer. It was presented by Mayor Shannon Snyder. "And yet," Robinson continued, "it's just a small piece of how we deal in our community More than 200 Redeemer and community with the tremendous problem of homelessness. So we pray at Church of the Redeemer volunteers donated their time to this year's for the wisdom and the resources in our comDay of Hope, a news release says. The event munity to alleviate homelessness." provided 179 homeless and at-risk schoolchildren with meals; haircuts; dental, optical and Snyder singled out Redeemer volunteer doctor checkups; family portraits; backpacks leaders Laura and Jay Crouse and Alice and full of school supplies; and $50 gift cards for Garland Pollard for their work on behalf of Day of Hope. "The City Commission of the new clothes. City of Sarasota, on behalf of the citizens of "A community is measured in the size of its our community, takes great pride in recogheart by how it treats the homeless, and espe- nizing the Church of the Redeemer for their cially homeless children, and I think Day of community spirit and their commitment to Hope shows that Sarasota has a big heart," making Day of Hope a great success, with the

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