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Opening of homeless shelter in Junior delayed

Organizers to hold fundraiser on Saturday

May 2, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The effort to open a homeless shelter on May 3 in Junior is experiencing some setbacks that will push back that opening date.

The Barbour County Mission is using a former gas station, previously known as the Quick Stop, along Route 250 in Junior as the location for the homeless shelter. However, renovations of the building are not yet up to code for the shelter.

"We could use many hands, and lumber and a lot of things," said Roconda Daugherty, a representative of the Barbour County Mission.

A ham and bean benefit dinner and silent auction will be offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise money for the shelter. Tours of the homeless shelter in it's current stage of renovation will be given to guests.

Organizers plan for the shelter to provide a place for the homeless to hear the word of God, have meals, sleep and shower.

"We've got to tear out some concrete to put a drain in for the shower and another toilet," says Daugherty.

One of the walls had to be torn out due to damage from a leaky roof. That wall replacement is almost complete. In addition, the bathroom will be made handicapped accessible.

The Barbour County Mission is willing to accept donations to assist with the completion of the project.

"If donations don't come in, we have enough to do that, but we have bills that come in, too.

"We're praying for help," said Daugherty.

Donations would help complete the project more quickly and assist with the upkeep of new bills running the project will generate.

Daugherty is hopeful that the shelter will be able to open in June.

"If this is God's will it will be God's bill," said Daugherty.

For more information about the shelter or to arrange a donation, call Daugherty at 304-457-2891 or Raymond Hicks at 304-823-2529.

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