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September 30, 2013

Kahler House to be dedicated Sunday

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There's room at Kahler House for up to six men. Clients will agree to follow a faith-centered "program" for achieving self sufficiency, with components including schooling, work or both; weekly Bible study and regular attendance to church. Clients will be able to stay at Kahler House for up to two years.

The house will be opened to clients once CARES finds a residential assistant. The organization is looking for an individual or a couple who can work for room and board only, Nagy said; per its rules, there must be a man in the house.

“We can’t give (the R.A.) money right now. We really want them in here afternoons, suppertime and overnight,” she said.

Kahler House was raised completely by volunteers. Teenagers volunteering with Reach Workcamps painted it this past summer. Habitat for Humanity played an instrumental role in making the old house habitable, Nagy said.

The emergency shelter is manned by volunteers and at least two "guardians" per shift. Occupancy averages about 10 clients at any time, whose average stay is eight to nine days. Clients are pre-screened rigorously and there have been minimal negative incidents at the shelter, Nagy said.

Kahler’s family is expected to attend the Sunday dedication ceremony.

Kahler “was a Christ-centered man,” Nagy said. “He was an exemplary man, husband and father. Norm was an amazing man.”

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