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Homeless volunteers help clean streets in Sarasota

TBO.com Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM

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A new group of workers picked up trash on the streets of Sarasota on Monday for the first time.

They're not getting paychecks, but the city and the Salvation Army hope the work pays off for them in a different way.

The "Street Team" volunteers are homeless, recruited through a cooperative effort of the city and the Salvation Army. They clean streets in the morning, then attend life skills classes in the afternoon.

There are about 10 volunteers in the program, which is funded by an $80,000 grant.

David Sutton, of the Salvation Army, says the Street Team consists of willing and able workers who hope to find paying jobs eventually.

He said the program could mean a better image for Sarasota along with cleaner streetscapes.

"We'll change that image that Sarasota has about being mean to the homeless," Sutton said.

Information provided by Lauren Mayk, News Channel 8.

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