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Published August 31, 2012, 06:48 PM

Fargo man helping local homeless get back on their feet

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is the whole idea behind Churches United for the Homeless: Provide a warm, safe place for individuals or families, until they can get on their feet.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is the whole idea behind Churches United for the Homeless: Provide a warm, safe place for individuals or families, until they can get on their feet.

This weekend, 8 people are leaving the shelter for a place of their own. Tonight, a look at the individual who has left the corporate and banking world to help those getting a new start.

Steve Anderson could still be in banking, or helping manage a big company like he did for years. Instead today, he is helping Heather Phillips move out of Churches United for the Homeless, and into her new apartment in Moorhead.

Heather Phillips – Moving Out of Shelter: “He is amazing as you thought. He’s kind and nice and upstanding…”

Steve spends his days at the shelter, picking up household items that clients at the shelter may need once they get back on their feet, and move to a place of their own.

Stephen Anderson – Churches United Worker: “When they leave here they don't have any money so we collect furniture on weekends or Fridays and pick it up and save it for them, and then help them move out.”

Heather already works two jobs, but with Steve finding things for her place, like he does for everyone at the shelter, she is able to hang on to her money and spend less on the move.

Heather Phillips: “They have bedding, couches, chairs, and tables.”

In the basement of Churches United is a mini thrift store so families can stock their kitchens with dishes or microwave ovens.

Stephen Anderson: “It is part of giving back to everybody. It is our way to give back, and it’s a need. People need this and I don’t think people realize how poor people are and what they really need. Just a little bit of help will get them back on their feet and get them going.”

So Steve has found life is more about lending a hand, helping those who are down, anxious to start anew.

While 8 people are leaving Churches United this weekend for a place of their home, the open spots will fill tonight, bringing the census close to 65 for the night.

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