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Mesa-based House of Refuge overcomes ‘perfect storm’ to help homeless

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From left: Mayor John Giles, Nancy Marion and Councilmember Kevin Thompson. (City of Mesa)

Nancy Marion described it as “a perfect storm.”

“I think if the nation is looking for a spot in this world to see how a community can come together and solve a problem, I think they need look no further than Mesa, Arizona,” she said.

Mayor Giles noted that the entire community was to thank for helping House of Refuge.

“This was really a community response to the tragedy that occurred at House of Refuge,” Giles said. “It was fun to see the way this community rallied around the cause.”

From left: Mayor John Giles, Landon Pickering and Councilmember Kevin Thompson. (City of Mesa)

Landon Pickering was part of that community response. His Eagle Scout project involved remodeling a badly damaged House of Refuge home. A family with two children now lives in the home, and the Mesa City Council lauded Pickering’s extensive efforts.

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