Open space at the homeless shelter in Greenville thanks to new expansion

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- The homeless shelter in Greenville isn’t worried about turning anyone away thanks to a recent expansion.

Nathan Glickman has stayed at the shelter for nearly 50 days and says he doesn’t know where he would go during this cold weather if the shelter didn’t have a spot for him.

“I have no idea what I would do, I’d probably commit a crime, just to get in somewhere,” Glickman said.

Thanks to a $2.2 million expansion the Community Crossroads Center now houses 110 people compared to just 68 last year.

In years past, when temperatures were below freezing, the shelter would be at capacity. Now, they have open bunks.

“The new facility makes a big difference, we’re now able to hold so many more people here and we don’t have to turn people away,” Executive Director Bob Williams said.

Williams says the new facility not only helps those in need, it also makes the community a safer place.

Williams said, “If we start turning people away and can’t accommodate homeless people they’re going to be doing things to accommodate themselves, which is not in the best interest of the city of the county.”

As for Glickman, the shelter is his safe haven at a time in his life when he needs it most.

Donations are down from last year and Williams says it’s not because the community doesn’t care, it’s because they’ve already given so much.

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