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In the more than four decades since its founding in 1970, Care for Real has never been as busy as it's been in the years following the 2008 recession. More than 55,000 clients visited the Edgewater fixture in 2012, seeking assistance with their financial, health, housing, employment, or social-services needs. The entire operation is manned by just three full-time employees and a 200-strong team of volunteers.
Neighbors in need include families struggling with food insecurity and individuals who have lost their jobs; senior citizens and children under the age of 18 comprise more than half of the client base. Ongoing projects include the Clothes Closet, which provides gently used apparel free of charge to more than 1,300 clients each month, and the Food Pantry, which distributes nearly 60,000 pounds of rice, beans, bread, fresh produce, and other items each month to those in need, including more than 800 children.
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