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Dubuque non-profits looking to fill gap left by Project Concern

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Project Concern, a Dubuque non-profit for 46 years, played a major role in support of the city's homeless and low-income populations.

But the long time organization announced earlier this month it would be closing it's doors, citing a lack of funding.

That's left many in the area wondering where they'll get their help from.

Mariana Miller was perhaps among the last helped by Project Concern.

"So what started my search and my resources was Project Concern, which I was grateful for," she said.

But it's not sitting well that the same resource she had won't be available to others.

"I'm worried. I'm concerned about the homeless people in Dubuque, because although I was homeless and I'm not anymore. I have a home, there's a lot of people that were relying on Project Concern for their vouchers, for food," she said.

Josh Jasper, head of the non-profit Resources Unite, is working to rally local non-profits to fill many of the gaps left by Project Concern.

He's been meeting with those groups--more than 20 local groups--in order to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

"Often times as non-profit organizations in Dubuque, or in any community throughout the country, we act in silos, and we think to ourselves, I'm going to focus on homelessness, or I'm going to focus on at-risk youth, but we don't do a good job of collaborating, and frankly, that hurts people," he said.

For more information about where to find services, visit www.resourcesunite.com or follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ResourcesUnite/.

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