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Rebecca Hoffman, the executive director of the Village of Hope homeless shelter, addresses the crowd Thursday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the facility. Pictured in the background is board chairman Scott Thorson and board member Lois Jenkins. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Village of Hope: New shelter opens today

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Rebecca Hoffman recalled her first day of work as director of the Ours to Serve House of Hospitality. It was her 23rd birthday and, after parking her pickup truck, she had to weave her way past two men who were out back smoking cigarettes.

As she turned to go inside, one man leaned over to the other and said, "I give her two weeks."

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