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Through the efforts of local citizens, The Shepherd’s House, a 24-hour homeless shelter in Mount Airy, will be the recipient of fundraising efforts from a bowling tournament set for Feb. 8 at Mount Airy Lanes.

The Shepherd’s House opened its doors in April 2003. It is designed to help clients get back on their feet by teaching them financial responsibility, discipleship, the value of hard work, and discipline. The shelter receives donations from businesses and the community in order to provide housing, clothing, food, counseling, transportation, job searching and more.

Adam Doss and Jayme Key are spearheading the fundraising efforts, along with a group of local citizens. Doss shared that the group is passionate about helping the community, and considers the Shepherd’s House to be a “very worth cause.”

“With many people without a job and when considering the economy, many people are depending on The Shepherd’s House for assistance. This need continues to grow. This is just one small way we can help those in need in our community.”

The bowling tournament will take place on Feb. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will consist of four-person teams, at a cost of $15 per person. There will be three games played, and total pins win.

For those who do not have a team to join, Doss said to “come on out” anyway, and he will arrange teams from extra people who show up at the door.

Winners of the tournament will receive gift cards donated from local businesses.

There is no need to register in advance, Doss added, as tickets will be available at the door at Mount Airy Lanes, on W. Lebanon St. in Mount Airy.

Food, drinks, and desserts will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Shepherd’s House. Raffle tickets for door prizes will cost $2 each, or 15 for $20. There will also be a 50/50 drawing at the counter inside the bowling alley.

Doss said if any individuals, organizations, or businesses would like to help, the group is still accepting monetary donations, raffle prize donations, and help with the food that will be sold during the tournament. Anyone interested in assisting should contact Jayme Key at 374-5140 or Adam Doss at 401-3769, or email Doss at adamdoss2014@gmail.com.

Through November of last year, the Shepherd’s House has helped a total of 1,400 and served 118,863 meals, provided more than 36,000 nights of shelter, according to their website at gmamh.org. Jason Pike recently took over as the chairman of the Shepherd’s House board of directors for 2014.

The Shepherd’s House launched the FAB 500 Campaign last year, with the goal of a constructing a new facility. FAB stands for Faith Action Build, and they are seeking the help of 500 businesses, churches, families, individuals, civic groups, and others who can commit $1,000 over the next five years toward the $500,000 construction goal.

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