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Hardcover tells tale of hosting homeless

An Oakhurst family that has opened its doors to homeless families for the last three years held an unorthodox book signing Monday — with water balloons and mud racing — to promote the Christmas spirit as well as a newly-released hardcover picture book about their experiences.

It all started with a Thanksgiving dinner in 2010. Lori Prentice was preparing a traditional meal of turkey and other foods when she was struck by a physical sensation. She simply didn’t want to eat the dinner.

Instead, Prentice called her pastor at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Chuch and asked if he knew of anyone who needed the food. The pastor told Prentice about newcomer Shelly Arnest, whose home in Mississippi had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina five years earlier.

Prentice invited Arnest and her granddaughter to stay in their home for free so that she could “climb out of crisis,” Prentice said. From that, Arnest was able to purchase her own home in Oakhurst and a Prentice family tradition of inviting the homeless — screened by the church for alcohol or drug problems — into their home was born...


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