Homeless shelter evicted after prayer debate

December 29, 2008 4:50:30 AM PST
A Bergen County homeless shelter is homeless itself - again. The First Reformed Church of Hackensack dismissed the FAITH Foundation in a dispute over rules at its Christmas dinner for about 100 homeless people last week.

Church officials say they wanted a sermon and carols before dinner was fed. But shelter director Robin Reilly started serving food first, saying some patrons hadn't eaten for 24 hours.

Reilly says she'll try to find a new place to help the homeless.

She's storing the group's supplies at another church for now.

It's not the first time the foundation has lost its home.

Hackensack officials closed its previous building because it lacked permission to serve food there.

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