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01/20/2011 07:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kingston Rescue Mission Founders Left Homeless By Fire In Washington State

Marcus Croman and his family are well-known in his community for giving back, even after a house fire left them homeless.

The Kitsap Sun reported that the Cromans received an outpour of help when they were left desolate. Even so, their priority remains on philanthropy.

"Technically, we're homeless. But I can't really relate because we're not that bad off. We have resources, we have each other. We have hope. Homeless people don't have that hope."

Their community, located in Kingston Wash., rallied support, donating food, clothing and other necessities to the family that found themselves in the same predicament that they regularly help alleviate homelessness.

With the aide of his wife and family, Marcus Croman operates a mobile kitchen, delivering food to the homeless of his community through his nonprofit organization Kingston Rescue Mission.

Last year, the Kitsap Sun reported on their homeless relief efforts. He wanted to open a shelter, but when zoning issues made it impossible, he decided on the next best thing.

"We have two food banks in town and they help people, but a lot of people don't want to step through the door because it's admitting they have a problem. I figured out this is the quickest way to help people."

Their house may be destroyed, however the Cromans were upset that supplies they had intended to donate to the local homeless were also lost in the blaze.

He told the Kitsap Sun that besides help for his family's needs, he hoped the community's organizations "help us to keep going out and keep feeding people."

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