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first_img There’s one day left to ramp up to July temperatures. Check out the local weather forecast here.Some stories you might have missed over the weekend:Homeless students find refugeDavid and Diana Bilby started putting their heartfelt Christian faith into practice a few years back — reaching out, personally, to homeless people they met. They had nearly lost their east Vancouver home to foreclosure but managed to modify the mortgage and come out OK; after that, David Bilby said, he felt obliged to share his blessing with people less fortunate than he was.Lovely idea, disastrous consequences: The homeless couple they faithfully housed took advantage of them. There was trouble with the law and David is convinced drug dealing went on under his roof. These days he slaps his forehead over the episode, which cost him money and, he realized, put his children at risk, too.“Probably one of the most irresponsible things we’ve ever done,” he said.But getting burned didn’t cure the Bilbys of compassion. They started hearing from the family resource specialists and counselors at local schools who’d caught wind of their efforts to extend real, practical help to the homeless.These school officials urged the Bilbys to try again with some deserving students they believed in. Just get more cautious and formal this time, they said: Do your research. Protect yourselves. Build a program. Jose Ramirez, 20, from second from left, and Tayler O’Bryant, 19, eat dinner with the Bilby family, David, Diana and Kent, on Tuesday. David Bilby launched a nonprofit that places promising homeless students with volunteer host families so the young adults can finish high school.last_img

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