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Sister cities may be
.Chapel Hill reality
By SONSERAE SMITH
Chapel Hill officials hope to
promote international brother
hood by establishing relationships
with cities in Central America and
the Soviet Union through the
Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International,
based in Washington, D.C., is
designed to promote communica
tion and understanding between
nations such as the United States,
Central America and the Soviet
Union by pairing cities in the
Joe Straley, who has been active
in the town's efforts to adopt the
Nicaraguan city of San Jorge, said
many Chapel Hill residents were
interested in renewing trust and
faith between Central America
and the United States.
"The sister-city concept has
caught on like gangbusters," he
"We want to show a new face.
There are a lot of people who want
to stop this continual stance that
the United States has carried on
with Central America, especially
The mayor of San Jorge, a small
agricultural town with a popula
tion of approximately 10,000, has
expressed particular interest in
establishing a relationship with
Chapel Hill, Straley said.
Chapel Hill is also exploring the
possibilities of establishing a sister
city in the Soviet Union. Mayor
Jonathan Howes has formed a
committee to work with Sister
Cities International in finding a
compatible Soviet city.
Chapel Hill is considering mak
ing the Soviet city of Tartu, a small
college town in the state of Esto
nia, its sister city, said Dirk
Spruyt, a member of Howes'
However, according to Spruyt,
Estonia is currently struggling to
declare its independence from the
"If they don't identify with the
Russians, then problems are
created for our chances of improv
ing East-West relations," Spruyt
A public hearing was held last
week to determine whether Chapel
Hill residents support the sister
city program and to hear sugges
tions on how Chapel Hill can assist
More decisions will be made
regarding sister-city relationships
with Tartu and San Jorge at the
. April 19 town council meeting.
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"When you are making $3.75 an
hour, that is a lot to save. Chapel
Hill is a tough town to live in if you
do not have a good income or a lot
People come to the shelter for
diverse reasons, including drug and
alcohol abuse and mental illness,
Barnes said. The shelter connects
residents with existing community
programs such as mental health
services or Alcoholics Anonymous.
Some at the shelter cannot make
it on their own or hold a job because
of past chronic drug use, but they do
not give up, he said.
"Even they are trying. 1 cannot
think of half a dozen people at the
shelter who do not try."
Some of the shelter's residents are
patients at North Carolina Memorial
Hospital (NCMH) who come to
Chapel Hill for medical treatment but
cannot afford temporary housing,
A man recently came to NCMH
seeking treatment for his leg, Barnes
said. After hitchhiking from Morgan
ton, the man was told the treatment
would take two days instead of one
and was referred to the' shelter for
"He was up the creek for a place
to stay and something to eat until he
could get home."
Another guest at the shelter was
a woman separated from her husband
and traveling around the state with
her two children looking for work,
Barnes said. She ran out of money
and was sent to the shelter for
Moran said women and children
represented one-third of the nation's
homeless population, and their
numbers are growing.
While the shelter's first priority is
to provide a safe, healthy place to
stay the night, Barnes said the shelter
was not a flophouse.
The shelter is a temporary place
for people to stay while getting back
on their feet, he said.
According to IFC statistics, more
than one-third of those who stayed
at the shelter last year went on to
find adequate housing.
Barnes and about 75 other volun
teers work once a month and essen
tially run the shelter, Moran said.
Monty Laycox, a shelter volunteer
and a UNC physics graduate student,
said he worked at the shelter because
he wanted to make a difference.
"I'm one of those guilty liberals
with lofty pretensions," Laycox said.
"One day I asked myself what I did
about them and I said, 'nothing.' "
Moran said he was satisfied with
the town's involvement with the
"We feel the town is truly commit
ted to this program," Moran said. The
town pays the shelter's utilities and
does not charge rent for the use of
the old municipal building.
Chapel Hill is also providing
$200,000 for the shelter renovation
and the IFC is raising the rest, Moran
said. The IFC has already raised
$280,000 of its $400,000 goal.
Moran said the only opposition to
the shelter site came from downtown
merchants who would like the prob
lem to be less visible and who do not
want it to be dealt with downtown.
The argument that the renovated
IFC shelter will increase the town's
homeless problem is a myth, he said.
Most large cities, including Raleigh
and Durham, have homeless shelters,
so homeless are not being drawn to
Chapel Hill because of the IFC
shelter, Moran said.
"More people are aware that we
are here, we run a better program
than we used to, and certainly there
are more homeless. It is not a problem
of recidivism; it is a problem of more
people needing help."
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