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Efforts underway to try to save homeless shelter

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 18 2014 09:32:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2014 10:21:45 PM CDT

Efforts underway to try to save homeless shelter

READING, Pa. -

Hundreds of Reading's homeless could be left out in the cold this winter if one of the area's main shelters closes its doors for good.

Nineteen-year-old Edgar Tafolla refuses to let this happen.

Motivated by his pastor, Edgar is trying to raise $50,000 to save City Light Ministries, which offers shelter to hundreds of Reading's homeless.

Edgar has even set up a donation box where he works at Mi Casa Su Casa in Reading.

He's only raised $50 of his $50,000 goal, but he's far from discouraged.

"I just wanted to do my part," said Edgar. "I was just hoping to make, at least, a little dent to help out."

The shelter may not be able to open this winter if costly upgrades are not made, like installing a sprinkler system.

The mayor is monitoring the situation.

"Our issue has always been making sure that the people going in there are safe," said Mayor Vaughn Spencer.

The pastor of City Light Ministries, Joe Sclafani, was out of town when this story aired, but 69 News spoke with him by phone, and he said: "This is certainly exciting news and we want to thank Edgar for his efforts. I hope to meet him soon."

Sclafani added, "This is another example of how our community has reached out for this project and we are very encouraged and thankful."   

If you'd like to help Edgar reach his $50,000 goal, you can leave your donation at Mi Casa Su Casa, located at 320 Penn Street in the city of Reading.