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Since Maj. Ethan Frizzell arrived last sum- mer to take command of The Salvation Army in Sarasota, he has held monthly town hall- style meetings. On May 14, the 10th time he had conducted one, he provided information about how the organization is evolving in the face of the increasing need to help vagrants and the homeless. While shelter is part of the organization's mission, Frizzell said the true ambition is to help people "to get home," a place defined as one tai- lored to the needs of a family. That can take one or two years in the aftermath of a "life event" that put some- one on the streets. The City and County of Sarasota are research- ing the creation of a "come-as-you-are" shelter based on the proposal of consultant Robert Marbut, but it is unclear how that facility and the shelter operation provided by The Salvation Army might best operate together. Frizzell says he does not worry overmuch about that. "Looking at Marbut's plan, it's 18, 24 months out. What do we do today?" he asked. Summer in Sarasota is a tough time to be homeless. "The The website for The Salvation Army has detailed information about the organization's services. Image from the website VIOLENCE AMONG THE HOMELESS ANOTHER CHALLENGE, SALVATION ARMY COMMANDER SAYS We cannot deal with the summer challenge on our own without police presence or some other authority. Maj. Ethan Frizzell The Salvation Army Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor SUMMER STRAINS

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