SUNBURY – The Valley’s largest homeless shelter is expanding and they are turning to the community for help. Haven Ministries says it’s begun a $1.7 million capital campaign to help fund their nearly two million dollar project.
Cory Fasold is a Haven Ministries Board member, “I kept hearing at meetings, ‘We are so full. We have turned so many people away and we don’t know what to do.’ Well, I’m sitting there thinking, ‘This is really easy. We don’t know what to do? We need to build more rooms.’ The problem became how do you get the money to do those rooms, and that’s why we’re here today.”
Haven Ministries first opened in 1991 through the Sunbury Ministerium and has been serving as a homeless shelter and emergency food pantry since. They say there are currently 23 adults and 10 kids, creating a cramped environment.
Fasold says architect drawings for the expansion project are almost finalized,“These rooms that we’re building are going to be at least one-and-a-half times what the rooms are now. They’ll be 10 rooms, with one of those being a laundry facility. Its two stories high. The bottom is fully handicapped accessible. We believe that we need at least a half a million dollars from the general public.”
The good news is, already $28,000 has been raised and you can donate at the link here. Fasold says after expansion is done, the existing building and rooms will be remodeled.
You can hear more about the project on the WKOK.com Podcast Page as well, or wherever you listen to podcasts.