GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The new Greenville Community Shelter is set to open Monday and not only is it beautiful but is also allows the shelter to accommodate more people on these hot days.
“It brings tears to my eyes when I think about it,” says Greenville Community Shelter Executive Director Bob Williams. “When I look at what we’ve accomplished, what this community has accomplished. It’s pretty darned amazing.”
Williams says it has been a long process to make the new facility a reality.
“We have gone from an old cafeteria, gym to this facility here,” says Williams. “It’s taken a ton of people in the community, a lot of board members, a lot of concerned citizens, a lot of donations.”
But all of the hard work and donations paid off when he was able to tell residents of the current shelter about the upcoming move.
“You could see the look on their faces like, ‘my goodness, somebody cares about us,’ and that’s what means the most to me,” Williams says. “When they walk through the door at night, they enter a brand new, friendly facility that’s aesthetically pleasing, it’s clean, energy efficient, it’s secure which is absolutely amazing.”
Residents say the new shelter will help them get back on their feet and help beat the heat which they say is an additional hurdle to finding work.
“It’s difficult because we’re trying to find jobs and our own house and the heat doesn’t make it easy,” says Cathy Allen, a resident of the shelter. “It makes it more difficult especially if you’re on foot.”
Overall, residents say they’re excited for the additional opportunities that will be available to them once the new shelter opens next Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to help prepare the facility for the grand opening next week. To learn how you can help, click here.