Turning Point

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From their center on North Seventh Street, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia offers soccer, tutoring and other focused activities to kids who might otherwise go unsupervised after school. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, we talk with the non-profit's participants and staff. We also preview next month's play Street Stories: Glimpses of Homelessness, which is a benefit for local groups that work with unsheltered Columbians.


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Homelessness is never easy, and that’s especially true in the wintertime when temperatures drop and shelters fill up. Sid Howard and his wife Patricia know this firsthand.

 

“Me and my wife became homeless Christmas Eve of 2014,” Sid said. “We didn't know what we was going to do.”

 

“We stayed in hotels,” Patricia said. “Spent up all our money there.”

 

Trevor Harris / KBIA

After years of declining membership, a Columbia church recently started a new ministry that is reconnecting that congregation to its North Central Columbia neighborhood. Hear the story of the outreach program recently taken on by the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.