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Counting when everybody counts

Posted By | Raeann Boero

Meeting people who are houseless is not new for Julia Paulsen and Caitlin Gleeson.

As staff for Catholic Charities of Oregon, their weekly work includes outreach and encounters with houseless people in the busy area around St. Francis Parish in inner Southeast Portland. The pair bring water, snacks, socks and other gear prized by people living on the streets.

But at the start of the year, the pair ranged more widely, finding even more camps and asking more questions

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