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Editorial: Hiway 80 facility will save, reshape lives of families

Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:04 am, Thu Sep 4, 2014. 

Longview News-Journal

Potential new residents of Longview probably are not often shown the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission as one of the many reasons they should make a home in Longview. We contend that’s an oversight.

We believe that even more firmly now that the mission is opening six cottages as part of the Women and Families Shelter project to help keep families in crisis together as a single unit.

The opening this week is the culmination of a three-year drive to increase this outreach to Longview, and it brings a resource not available for women and families even in some much larger cities.

The cost for building the six cottages was $900,000. Not a cent of it is government money of any sort. None even comes from efforts such as United Way. It all is from individual donations to Hiway 80.

That is one reason this project says so much about our city. Through contributions large and small, the people of Longview have opted to take care of the least, the lost and the lonely. And Hiway 80 is hardly the only such effort. They dot this city, and we know there are some we have never heard about. That is the way some of those who offer help want it to be.

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