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Fast-paced futsal match between St. Dominic, St. Louis Roadies fosters community connections and awareness of homelessness

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It started as a class on developing leadership skills, but it turned out to be God's hand working to bring people together through the game of soccer while raising awareness of homelessness.

Junior Tony Petruso had signed up for Leadership, a semester-long elective course for juniors and seniors at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon. On the first day of class, students received the assignment to design a service project that would take the entire semester to plan and execute. Focus on something you're passionate about, teacher Nancy Holden-Nims told the class.

Street soccer goalie to play for U.S. in Homeless World Cup

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Cliff Byrd concentrated on the soccer ball before a shot came full-force to the corner of the net. He dove with his arms extended, reaching the ball with his fingertips and deflecting it into the corner of the small street soccer field.

The goalie grimaced as he fell on the rubber surface, but he sprung right up, pleased about making the stop during the drill.

Help Portrait creates lasting memories for those in need

Pam Glass clutched two picture frames as she kept an eye on the little boys running around the gymnasium. As she glanced down at a photo of two of her grandsons, she smiled.

"They never get their pictures taken," Glass said. "They got their smiles on -- I'm so happy."

Glass brought four of her grandchildren last weekend to Garfield Commons at Peter and Paul Community Services for the annual Help Portrait photo session. The photos were an early Christmas gift for herself, she said.

Peter and Paul Community Services debuts safe haven for chronically homeless

Longtime friends Curesa Atkins, left, and Audrey Brown now live across the hallway from each other at Garfield Place Apartments, Peter and Paul Community Services’ new safe haven for chronically homeless individuals in the Benton Park West neighborhood of St. Louis.

This year, Curesa Atkins is going to have one of the best Christmases she's experienced in a long time.

In October, Atkins moved into Garfield Place Apartments, Peter and Paul Community Services' safe haven for chronically homeless individuals, that opened this fall. In the past few weeks, she's been busy decorating her place for Christmas. In the corner, a tree is adorned with silver and red tinsel, and a few gifts are underneath the tree, waiting for their recipients. Her table is set with gleaming holiday china and matching placemats.

Peter and Paul Community Services helps men transition into permanent housing

Trevon Hutchinson, left, had dinner while staying at the emergency shelter operated by Peter and Paul Community Services in the basement of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Soulard. Peter and Paul will receive a grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Bill had work, but as he struggled with alcohol, he found it difficult to stay in one place.

"I was sober until November of 2012, and then in February of 2013, (my) roommate ... found out that I was using, and he put me out," said Bill, who asked the Review not to use his real name. He went to a residential treatment program and later stayed with some friends, but eventually relapsed. After a short stay in the hospital, he connected with Peter and Paul Community Services, a Catholic-rooted, ecumenical organization that provides services to homeless individuals.

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