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Madonna House Homelessness prevention day

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Upwards of 600,000 people in the United States are homeless, but a lot of people don't think it's a problem here in the Tri-States.

Thursday, Quincy Mayor John Spring declared today as Madonna House Homelessness Prevention Day to draw attention to the issue.

"I called the Madonna house at 4AM and they arranged a meeting for the next day," said Dea Culbertson.

Dea Culbertson vividly remembers the night she realized she was homeless. Culbertson moved from Texas to the Tri-states to take a job, that unfortunately fell through.

Culbertson isn't the typical face of homelessness.

She has a college degree, and has always considered herself financially stable.

"Everybody's here because they've gotten in a bad spot. It can happen to anybody," said Culbertson.

Joanne Dedert, Interim Director of Madonna House says too often she sees people who once donated to the Madonna house knocking on the door for help, and sometimes they're forced to turn people away because of A lack of space.

"We're busting at the seams and as I said we need a larger facility because the need is there and so we're working with the board and looking at that issue," said Dedert.

That's exactly why Culbertson says she feels blessed to able to call the Madonna house home.

"There were other people that were calling that needed a place too, and they couldn't reach them they lost contact with the other people so they had an opening for us," said Culbertson.

Culbertson says the sense of normalcy the Madonna house provides, brings her closer to the life she once had, and she hopes one day, she'll have again.

"They're not bringing us in the door and pushing us out they're making sure that we have what we need to be successful when we leave, and I'm really grateful for that," said Culbertson.

Culbertson says she is still looking for a job, AND has sent out numerous applications.

Also, Madonna House officials hope to build a new facility to meet the growing need in the community, and it would house both men and women so families won't be separated.

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