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County provides $22,000 for church to continue running shelter

God provides. So does Merced County. The Board of Supervisors approved giving up to $22,000 to the Sierra Presbyterian Church on Tuesday to keep running its impromptu homeless shelter.

The M Street church has been offering a warm meal and bed to about 30 homeless residents ever since mid-December because the new shelter did not open on time.

The Community Action Agency’s shelter on 15th and D streets is still not open, and the church’s homeless fund ran out of money last week, church elder Marc Medefind said.

“We got to the end of our rope,” he said. “Our donations have dwindled to almost nothing.”