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Singers give voice to the homeless

RSVP concert series benefits Roseville Home Start
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The founder of local choir Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace is fulfilling her dream — and helping others in the process.

Eleven years ago, Julie Adams awoke one morning with the phrase “create a food choir” running through her mind. So, naturally, she formed a vocal ensemble to nourish communities with music and raise funds for those in need. Adams became the group’s artistic director and conductor.

The 16-member choir continues to reach its goal. RSVP, as the Rocklin group is called, recently launched “A New Song” concert series benefiting Roseville Home Start, a nonprofit organization that transitions homeless children and families into permanent housing.

RSVP will perform Friday, May 6, at First Presbyterian Church in Roseville. The concert will feature music by James MacMillan and Srul Irving Glick, modern and uplifting Kyries, and inspiring works from Annie Lennox, Dolly Parton and Eliza Gilkyson.

“Our mission is bringing people together through the arts and giving back to the community,” Adams said in a press release. “We are especially happy to be supporting Home Start, to help raise awareness and funds through song, through hope, for a program that prevents the recurring cycle of homelessness for families in our community.”

Home Start serves up to 30 families, including 60 to 70 children, at any given time. The organization relies on private and individual donations for 35 percent of its budget. The rest of the funding comes from government and foundation grants.

Since forming, RSVP has raised funds for Mustard Seed School, Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, WEAVE, InAlliance and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

~ Sena Christian

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“A New Song” concert series benefiting Roseville Home Start

What: Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace with guest organist Steve Johnson and guest harpist Carol Kihm

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 515 Sunrise Ave. in Roseville

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Info: For more information about RSVP, visit www.rsvpchoir.org or call (916) 624-9419. For more information about Home Start, visit www.rosevillehomestart.org.