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    Scott Loeffel directs a group of street pastors at the corner of Exchange and Middle streets. They began their patrol at 9 p.m., armed with Tootsie pops for anyone they met in downtown Portland.

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    A group of street pastors patrol the Old Port, making sure people are staying safe and helping those who need it. The group is comprised of volunteers from local churches.

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    Every volunteer street pastor has to get a referral from their church and pay $95 for a uniform and a background check before starting out with the patrols.

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    A pair of volunteer street pastors attend to a woman in the Old Port on a recent Friday night.

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    Group leader Scott Loeffel talks to a homeless man during the street pastors' recent patrol through the Old Port. The pastors walk the streets for five hours, assisting anyone who needs help.

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    Jeff Verrill, left, Scott Loeffel and Stuart Hammond, right, assemble on an Old Port street as late-night crowds mill about on the sidewalks.

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    The group of street pastors in Portland is the third such group in the country following Bangor, and Chico, California.

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