Sacramento Pastor Lives on the Streets to Raise Funds for Homeless Sanctuary Program

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Reverend Rick Cole Gives Up Home and Privileges to Raise Needed Money for Winter Homeless Program

Reverend Rick Cole prepares to leave to live on the streets to raise money for Sacramento Winter Sanctuary

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Reverend Rick Cole, Senior Pastor of Capital Christian Center, is choosing to live on the streets in an effort to raise awareness and the necessary funds to provide warm shelter and food during the winter months of 2014 and 2015 for the homeless community of Sacramento. Cole is committed to making a difference in the lives of the homeless. Cole has personally taken responsibility for raising $100,000 for the Winter Sanctuary program. The total goal for the Sacramento Steps Forward campaign is $300,000 by November 23 in order to provide temporary housing and transportation for hundreds of Sacramento’s homeless during the winter months. Donations can be made for Winter Sanctuary at Cole’s daily progress can also be tracked through the site. Also joining Cole on the streets is Jacoby Shaddix, lead singer of the band Papa Roach, before he leaves on his upcoming tour.

Winter Sanctuary makes a radical impact in the lives of those who need it most. Each winter, cold and wet weather conditions threaten the lives of nearly 1,000 homeless men and women who live on Sacramento-area streets. The Winter Sanctuary program was founded to meet the needs of these individuals with nowhere to go. Comprised of a network of religious congregations under the leadership of Sacramento Steps Forward, Winter Sanctuary is the only winter shelter option for single, homeless adults. The program, which runs from November 24, 2014 – March 31, 2015, is Sacramento’s only privately-funded and its most cost-effective emergency shelter option, at just $11 per person, per night. These funds provide homeless guests with screenings, transportation, food, sleeping accommodations and more.

More information about Sacramento Steps Forward’s Winter Sanctuary can be found at

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