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The news is bad, but Christi Pope has faith that it will all work out. Knowing that she and other workers of Christian Community Action have less than 90 days to find a new home and move into it, Pope is counting on a miracle. It's worked before.

After years in the Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) building at 98 So. Main St., CCA has been asked to leave by Feb. 28. Pope, CCA executive director, was told that NEON needs the space and she is calling on the community to help find a "new, larger, yet cost-effective space" as a base of operation for CCA's many programs. She's also hoping that the space will be in South Norwalk, as 30 percent of the people CCA helps arrive by foot.

Over the last year, CCA fed more than 4,000 people (306,474 meals), coordinated a furniture program that picked up and distributed 3,440 pieces of furniture, gave out $31,450 in financial assistance to 116 families, distributed about 3,000 winter coats and 65 prom dresses, helped 35 people learn English and coached 32 Norwalk high school students for the SATs.

"I have hope," Pope said. "Do I have a line on something already? No. But do I have faith that it will all work out? Yes. Am I panicked? No. ... I'm a Christian and I know God's got it under control. But that doesn't mean we don't have to work hard to make it happen."

Amidst the December CCA hullabaloo -- coordinating gift-giving to needy families and other activities -- Pope is looking for at least 2,000 square feet of space. "It's a challenge," she said. "We're an agency that gives God lots of chances to show off."

To offer suggestions and/or assistance, e-mail info@ccanorwalk.org, call CCA Board of Directors Chairman Jim Ullrich at (203) 493-1236 or Pope at (203) 899-2487.

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