KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – Kinston’s only homeless shelter is fully committed to staying open in 2016, after donations poured in to help keep the shelter properly functioning.
WNCT first reported on the shelter’s need back in the beginning of December, when they turned to the community for help in raising $20,000.
Funding for Kinston’s Friends of the Homeless $70,000 dollar yearly budget was cut short, after the U.S. Post Office no longer needed to rent space from the shelter.
For their 25 years of operation, the shelter has never received money from the government. They rely on donations to keep their doors open, and needed to raise the $20,000 by the first of the year, in order to properly function.
“So it was pretty critical that we raised those funds to make sure that we can continue to operate at the level that we’ve been operating,” said Board of Directors President Danny Rice. “So we just sounded the call and we’ve had a lot of support; the response was overwhelming, and we’re fully committed to staying open for 2016.”
The money is used for emergency overnight stay, two meals per day, services, and the facility. Mr. Rice says he’s seen an increase in the number of people acquiring services from the shelter.
Friends of the Homeless houses an average of 15 people per night, and they’ve never had to turn anyone away. This will continue to be the case, now that they’ve received enough funds to respond to the needs of the homeless in Lenoir County.