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Phil Laval (left) and Salvation Army's Duana Bremer know first-hand that unexpected challenges for families and individuals can lead to homelessness.

Homeless man finds hope with help of Salvation Army

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As an emergency responder for more than two decades, Phil Laval knew how to handle difficult situations.

But after a recent streak of health problems and a bit of bad luck, Laval faced a challenge that his emergency training couldn't prepare him for. He eventually became one of a growing statistic in St. Croix and Polk counties - a homeless individual.

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