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Coeur d'Alene shelter gives homeless family a holiday surprise

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Family Promise of North Idaho has teamed up with Holiday Inn to help families in need. Family Promise of North Idaho has teamed up with Holiday Inn to help families in need.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The trip from Wisconsin was supposed to be a fresh start for the Mogavero family. A job awaited Alfred Mogavero in Spokane Valley, but it ended up not panning out.

"It just didn't work, and luckily we found something here in Coeur d'Alene," says Alfred Mogavero. Homeless, the family of five found help at Family Promise of North Idaho.

"We are the only shelter in Idaho that keeps families together in a crisis," says Mike Irwin, a volunteer with Family Promise.

Irwin says families that come into the program stay at the Family Promise building in Coeur d'Alene and in the evenings they move to various churches throughout the city, get fed and sleep for the night.

The Mogavero family says the transition from stability to uncertainty has been hard and the added stress of the holiday season doesn't help.

"It makes me feel just terrible not being able to provide what the kids want and what the kids expect for Christmas," says Mogavero.

The stress, however, will be taking a vacation when the family moves into a free hotel suite at the Holiday Inn Express for an entire week starting on Sunday. For three years Family Promise has partnered with Holiday Inn to share some Christmas joy with families in need.

"It'll be great," says Jodi Mogavero. "We'll get to forget all of the worries that come with daily life. Forget being homeless on Christmas."

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