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Carwash Battles Homelessness

Despite buffing and polishing a few hundred cars Friday, Westport Wash & Wax didn't make a dime for itself. And co-owner Craig Tiefenthaler couldn't be happier about it.

That's because for the tenth consecutive year, all proceeds that day went to Interfaith Housing Association of Westport and Weston, which does business as Homes for Hope.  Jeffrey Wieser and Kirsten Allen of IHA were on hand to thank customers and pass out literature.

“I think its great they are giving their profits to charity,” Lee Rawiszer said as he waited for his car to be washed.  Rawiszer is also attracted by the Tiefenthaler's commitment to running a green business.

IHA president Wieser said his organization is “the community's response to homelessness. It provides shelter for 60 individuals and families, including shelter for those who need psychiatric assistance. Every night at the Gillespie Center, IHA serves 40 meals.  And its food pantry gives out more than 2,000 grocery bags a year.

Most of IHA’s funding comes from members, though a small amount comes from government sources. Tiefenthaler said private volunteerism appeals to him much more than government intervention. “It's very important with community service that everyone helps with all they can.”

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