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Homeless shelters all over the Quad Cities are close to being filled to capacity. A local shelter just expanded by opening a year around shelter for men and women. Part of the expansion at King's Harvest includes the addition of a new program aimed at helping the homeless find work.

To stay in the King's Harvest homeless shelter you have to participate in their program. The requirements are you must look for a job, undergo counseling if there are addiction issues and you have to stay productive all day. After only a week of being up and running the program has already worked for several people.

"You can't live like that forever," says Herbert Placek.

Placek's home is the King's Harvest homeless shelter. He became homeless after losing his job 4 years ago.

"I was collecting unemployment for a long time and that ran out," says Placek, "When that runs out you're on a limited leash."

After losing his job Placek's home was foreclosed on.

"I was staying at hotels and spending money like it was going out of style," adds Placek, "Then finally I ran out."

He was living in his car until he was offered a spot at the new shelter.

"One of the volunteers caught me, found me on the street and he told me to come here," says Placek.

He fills his days working with the shelter's job counselor, putting together a resume and searching the web for job postings.

"They direct you," says Placek, "They ask, "Did you try this? Did you go there? You know, what if you did this?"

Another king's harvest resident, Tyler McMeekam, is also going through the program. He's already found a job.

"I was quite ecstatic. It was a great experience," says McMeekam, "It shows that even if economic times are tough you can always find something out there if you're just willing to search for it."

McMeekam is selling cars and saving money.

"I'm trying to find an apartment and low income housing is a good option," adds McMeekam, "I'm trying to work things out so I have a place to go from here."

After seeing McMeekam and another resident find work, Placek is hopeful he can too.

"You got to get up and do something and that's where this place comes in, they help," says Placek.

For more information on King's Harvest Homeless Shelter click here.

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