- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie is trying to raise $50,000 to pay for and install a Homeless Jesus statue near the church.

The Rev. John Downey, the cathedral’s dean, tells the Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/1UUUUk ) that the statue combines issues of faith and social concerns.

The statue by Ontario sculptor Timothy Schmalz shows Jesus under a blanket on a park bench. The bench has room enough at the end for one person to sit.

Chris Tombaugh, who chairs the Home Team for Erie County, says she thinks the statue is “awesome” and will help call attention to homelessness in Erie County. The group is a coalition of agencies that fight homelessness.

Officials say there are an estimated 1,000 homeless people in the county, in Pennsylvania’s northwestern corner.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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