The previous location chosen as the site of a proposed homeless shelter is no longer a possibility.
The Barbour County Mission was renting a former gas station, previously known as the Quick Stop, along U.S. 250 in Junior as the location for the homeless shelter, but the agency now is seeking other options.
"We're required to put a sprinkler system in, and we just can't do that to that place. The cost for one thing is astronomical, and it's not ours and we can't grow there," said Roconda Daugherty, a representative of the Barbour County Mission.
The intention was to remodel the location, bringing it up to code to serve as a homeless shelter where people could get a meal, a shower, some sleep and hear the word of God.
However, Barbour County Mission leaders will have to find other more suitable locations if they don't want to give up on the cause.
"We're checking. We're not giving up. ... We've got other buildings that we are looking into," Daugherty said. "What we need is something that's handicapped accessible and if anyone could help, we'd appreciate the calls."
Anyone who'd like more information about the shelter project, to offer information or to arrange a donation can call Daugherty at 304-457-2891 or Raymond Hicks at 304-823-2529.