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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet street ministry aids homeless with coffee, conversation and prayer


Last updated 12/20/2018 at 11:10pm

Tony Ault

Some homeless people from Hemet gather to have a cup of coffee and a conversation with Hemet street ministers Cameron and Liz Raaenielsen curbside at Gilmore Street and Florida Avenue. The couples' street ministry meets with many homeless residents every Sunday morning from 7 to 9 a.m.

It's 6 a.m. Sunday. The sun isn't quite up. Cameron and Liz Raaenielsen pull up in their black Ford 150 pickup truck alongside a sleeping homeless man. Cameron, shaking the man who is wrapped up in his blanket, tells him it's time to get up and meet him with a hot cup of coffee at their regular meeting place in downtown Hemet.

A few minutes later, Cameron finds another homeless man on a bicycle. This man knows him, nods and says, "See you there." Other homeless people, some sitting in their cars like Genevieve Ochoa, wake up and drive to Gilmore Street and Florida Avenue where the Raaniels...

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