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Wed., Jan. 30, 2008, 11:55 a.m.

Terrible news on the charity front

St. Vincent de Paul's Family Services to close due to financial difficulties

This is a huge blow to the city.

Excerpt:

The service center, which provided food and other emergency services to 60,000 people a year at North Regal Street and Trent Avenue, will close Feb. 29, though the society will continue to provide services through various Catholic Parishes on a smaller scale, Cain said.

Clients will be referred to Second Harvest, the region's food warehouse and distribution center, and the Salvation Army, which also operates a food bank.

St. Vincent de Paul provided food to more people than any other agency in Eastern Washington, according to a statement released today. In the past, the center was staffed by four full-time and three part-time employees.




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