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Raising their voices against homelessness

"At our church, one of our biggest components in mission and outreach Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless has always been one of the organizations we sponsor," she said. "It's just one of the organizations that really needs our mission here."

Interfaith provides a number of services to Albany's homeless population, including emergency and transitional housing. The organization is looking to expand its affordable housing offerings and will soon be starting a summer youth program in the Sheridan Hollow area, where children are provided activities and free lunch.

The summer program served 1,600 lunches during last year's 10-week program, double what was needed in 2008, and St. Onge said it's expected participation will only increase due to more need.

"A lot of people are just one emergency away from losing their home or losing the resources they do have," she said. "We end up being a safety blanket."

The Voices of Hope concert will be held Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 448 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. There is no charge to attend, but donations to benefit the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless will be collected.

A reception with refreshments will be held for audience members and performers following the concert.

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