ERMA - Cape Hope has announced its 2019 Homeless Seminar: “Taking Homeless Assistance to the Next Level,” scheduled for Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene in Erma.

According to a release, the event is free and open to the public.

Since 2014, Cape Hope has been trying to alleviate the plight of the homeless by addressing immediate needs; by making referrals to governmental and non-governmental services; and by funding emergency housing, primarily with the use of funds from donations and grants.

At the same time, there are numerous groups, churches, and agencies in the county trying to assist those experiencing homelessness.

Some are trying to address homelessness in one particular manner, while others are taking a multi-pronged approach to combat the effects of homelessness.

Despite the efforts of well-meaning and dedicated people, if seems as if there is failure getting people off the streets, as well as to help them get their lives turned around.

While we are trying to figure out how to best solve the problems of homelessness, larger cities have been dealing with the problem for many years.

Philadelphia, for example, has the second oldest rescue mission in the country, which serves three meals per day, 365 days a year. Such facilities have a wealth of information they are willing to share in order to develop a faith-based facility that will help the organization address the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless population in the county.

With this in mind, Cape Hope has invited several keynote speakers from larger markets to talk about how the organization can take what it is doing in the county to a higher level of effectiveness.

On Sept. 12 all are invited to listen to those who have decades working with the homeless in their communities.

Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene is located at 446 Seashore Road, Erma.

For information, call event organizer Christopher South at (609) 408-1144, or Cape Hope Director Denise South at (609) 827-1164. RSVP at south5859@msn.com.