The mentoring program, first started in 2015 by First Methodist Church member LeAnn Barbee in 2015, is now under the direction of CitySquare Paris, a program the church played an instrumental role in bringing to Paris in 2017.
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Born to a homeless mother in the heart of South America, Laura Woodroof was adopted by affluent, loving parents who were business owners in Asuncion, Paraguay, the capital of the emerging third world country now bustling with economic activity.
CitySquare Paris walked attendees to its poverty simulation game through the tough choices facing those on the verge of homelessness, encouraging them to reach out and help either through the organization’s own programs or of their own initiative.
Two wheels are better than none, according to CitySquare Paris, and the Paris Police Department agreed as it donated 25 bicycles to the organization to help in its efforts to improve residents’ lives.
Volunteers took to the streets Thursday in an effort to approximate the number of homeless people throughout Lamar County and gather data on t…