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Shreveport group raises money for Providence House

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Beer, food and photography shared a common purpose Tuesday, as part of a fundraiser benefiting Providence House.

With raffle tickets and food sales, the a local group is hoping they can help the nonprofit's situation, even if it's just a little.

Providence House helps fight homelessness and also helps domestic violence victims get back on their feet, but the non-profit recently announced they will be closing their domestic violence safe house this summer after running short on funds. Now the race is on to find a new agency to manage it.

"This event, whether we raise millions of dollars for Providence House, or a couple of bucks, this event is more about awareness and what the Providence House does," said Casey Habich, a high school teacher who organized a photography workshop that doubled as fundraiser.

The event ended up bringing in $700 for its cause.

"If we can have fun while doing something good, to help somebody out, to benefit someone else, then why not do it?," said Habich, who explained he planned the fundraiser before Providence House announced plans to jettison the safe house from under its wings.

"When I heard they were in trouble, I thought, now we definitely have to do something," he said.

Local and state leaders have been working to find a new agency to run the safe house. State Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Dist. 4, is one of them, and has been working closely with the DCFS Secretary to bring more agency options to the table.

Providence House employee Christie Lamoureaux couldn't comment specifically on the safe house situation, but does say every little bit helps their organization's mission.

"Whether it's a dollar or a huge check, we appreciate it all," she said.

Habich said the event would be worth it, regardless of the amount raised. "It's just exciting if our help can help extend them another few months, that's just amazing."

The safe house was initially slated to close at the end of May, but with the help of private donations and the shifting of grant money, it will now close June 30. The last person will be admitted won June 22.

Even though this part of their program is shutting down, Providence House leaders said their core program to break the cycle of homelessness will continue.

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