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A HOPE Closed Next Two Weekends

Updated: Monday, March 25 2013, 07:21 AM EDT

Western North Carolina's only day center for the homeless is closing it's doors for the next two weekends. A Hope Day Center says its workers need a break due to sickness.

A HOPE Day Center in downtown Asheville serves hundreds of people each day. They give the homeless some place to shower, check mail and store belongs. It's also a place where workers can help with housing and medical needs.

The president of the Asheville Homeless Network is worried A HOPE is closing their doors for the next two days.

"A-Hope is vital to the needs of the homeless and if they close those needs will not be met," said John Spitzberg.

Homeless people around the Asheville area feel the center is turning their backs on those in need. Others fear they could get ticketed by the authorities for being on the streets. While all agree they appreciate everything A HOPE does for the homeless community, their wish is that they come up with an alternative plan.

The Asheville Homeless Network is asking anyone who may be able help the homeless out these next two weekends to call them at (828) 230-6902.

Click here to learn more about A HOPE.

Follow Megan Schiering on Twitter @MSchieringWLOS

A HOPE Closed Next Two Weekends

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