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Pasco church's mobile shower unit, built for homeless, is stolen

The trailer was stolen from the parking lot of Light of the World Tabernacle in Port Richey on Saturday.

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The trailer was stolen from the parking lot of Light of the World Tabernacle in Port Richey on Saturday.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Mike Glass knew the trailer was unique — likely the only one of its kind in Pasco County — equipped with its own generator and water supply.

But he still can't understand why anyone would steal the mobile shower unit his church designed and built for the homeless.

"This is tragic," said Glass, the community outreach pastor for Impact Family Church. "This is the only means for a few hundred homeless men, women and children to have a shower."

The thieves struck late Saturday afternoon, Glass said.

The two-shower unit was on loan to Light of the World Tabernacle on Leo Kidd Avenue in Port Richey.

An eyewitness reported seeing two men in a white Ford Ranger pickup truck leaving the Light of the World parking lot with the shower trailer attached to the truck, Glass said. Local law enforcement agencies are investigating.

Impact Family Church has a large homeless outreach effort most Thursday mornings at 6416 Delaware Ave. in New Port Richey.

Prayer and food are offered, and the homeless can get free haircuts and use of the mobile shower unit.

Glass said building the unit cost about $10,000. Buying a replacement one would cost closer to $20,000.

"Impact's a small church, so I don't think we will be replacing this soon," he said. "It's a shame. I don't know what these folks are going to do. Many of them work but don't earn enough to afford rent for an apartment or trailer.

"All of us are praying for a miracle."

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Anyone with information about the mobile shower unit stolen Saturday from the parking lot of Light of the World Tabernacle may call the Port Richey Police Department at (727) 816-1919.

Pasco church's mobile shower unit, built for homeless, is stolen 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:25pm]
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