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Spike One for Jesus More than 150 homeless residents of Washington flocked to the Central Union Mission at 14th and R Streets NW last weekend for that unique American experience: Super Bowl Sunday. Gathered around the big-screen TV, the men watched the game, rated Madison Avenue’s most expensive ads, and gobbled down free soup and chili. “We had a great time,” says Central Union Community Outreach Associate Don Watson. And, reports Watson, the partygoers received a special bonus: In addition to the televised halftime fare and beer commercials, prayer leader Elder Birch led the group in worship so the assembled could thank the Lord for the opportunity to watch the Titans come up a yard short in an “alcohol-free, clean-cut environment.”

Reporting by Kevin Diaz, Chris Peterson, Annys Shin, and Elissa Silverman.

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