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'God left me here'

In this West Virginia community, poverty runs an unspeakable 23 percent

The lucky ones in the shadow of West Virginia's Capitol triple up in ramshackle houses or are closeted in subsidized high-rises. Those that aren't lucky live on the streets.

Ed Burch talks with two Sunday dinner
Ed Burch talks with two Sunday dinner guests at Trinity's Table, a ministry of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charleston, W.Va.

Two years ago, Ed Burch of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charleston, W.Va., and others began Trinity's Table, which today serves 300 Sunday-evening dinners to the elderly, mentally ill, sex offenders and the lonely.


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