Community meeting Monday to start homeless shelter here

by | May 4, 2019 5:00 am

Last Updated: May 2, 2019 at 11:01 am

In His Name-Colleton is raising funds to open a homeless shelter in Walterboro.

A community meeting will be held Monday May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Walterboro, 2107 Hampton St. Questions about the project will be answered and volunteers and donors accepted. Grants are being written for operating costs, but donations are needed to purchase the property.

INH has located a property with buildings that will accommodate 32 women and 56 men with five rooms for families, one room for short-term emergencies; and a halfway house for 24 individuals to help with education, job training and financial management. A building that can be used as a pet-friendly emergency shelter in natural disasters is also on the property.

“We are now seeking the community’s help. We need volunteers to help organize and get an operational plan in place,” said Stacy See. “This is not a small project. It will take a community effort to make this happen. It will take one-time volunteers, occasional volunteers and long-term volunteers.”

IHN is an interdenominational non-profit Christian-based organization whose mission includes feeding the poor, sheltering and clothing the needy. Plans include a homeless shelter for men, women and families; a food kitchen to feed the hungry; a community food bank; an after-school program for children; and a halfway house.

The group has organized a free community dinner and movie; provided community meals in response to local disasters; holds an annual free Christmas community dinner which served over 550 meals in 2018; provided food, clothing and assisted with obtaining necessary household goods for fire victims; provided health and hygiene kits for the homeless; assisted with feeding volunteers from Mission Serve; helped organize a Pack-A-Thon for Haiti Under God; and operates an emergency food bank.

For information call the church office, 843-217-5661 or Stacy See, 843-909-2671.

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