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Ethel Gross, 37, blows bubbles to entertain her sons Jason Bathis, 2, center, and Joseph Bathis, 3, in their room at St. Matthew's House on Tuesday in Naples. Gross has been staying with her sons at the homeless shelter for the past four weeks after she lost her job and could no longer pay rent in Fort Myers. 'St. Matthew's House gave us the extra support that we needed,' Gross said. 'There should be a place like this in every city.' In an attempt to circumvent a possible moratorium on building homeless shelters in Bonita Springs, St. Matthew's House on Monday afternoon filed documents with the city for a new facility it hopes to break ground on within the next year.

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Lexey Swall/Staff Ethel Gross, 37, blows bubbles to entertain her sons Jason Bathis, 2, center, and Joseph Bathis, 3, in their room at St. Matthew's House on Tuesday in Naples. Gross has been staying with her sons at the homeless shelter for the past four weeks after she lost her job and could no longer pay rent in Fort Myers. "St. Matthew's House gave us the extra support that we needed," Gross said. "There should be a place like this in every city." In an attempt to circumvent a possible moratorium on building homeless shelters in Bonita Springs, St. Matthew's House on Monday afternoon filed documents with the city for a new facility it hopes to break ground on within the next year.

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