From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Local choir reaching out to help homeless
March 9, 2010

Photo by Wayne Towner

PARKERSBURG - After a decade of helping the hearts, minds and souls of area residents through their music, the Voices of Triumph Gospel Community Choir wants to go a step further and help the bodies of some of Parkersburg's neediest residents through a program beginning in May.

Working with the Salvation Army, the United Way and Westbrook Health Services, the group- through its new Voices of the Streets ministry- wants to help recently homeless people who are transitioning into housing by providing household goods and items which will make their new houses into homes.

Dorothy Dicks, president of the Voices Choir, said the nonprofit choir formed in 1999 and has been performing throughout the area over the past decade. After reaching its 10th anniversary, the choir decided to do something to reach out to the community and created its Voices of the Streets ministry and the new program called Essentially Yours.

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