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HALO Ministries Working To Open Men's Homeless Shelter

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SALISBURY, Md. – In just about four months the empty building next to the Hope And Life Outreach Ministries café  will transform into an emergency shelter for homeless men in and around Wicomico County.

"As time progressed, we continued to grow. And the need is so great for the men in this area, to have a year round facility," HALO Director Celeste Savage said.

Approximately 55 beds will be added to the men's side of the building, joining the 50 some beds that are already on the women and children's side.

"We just felt the time was now that we take the next move and expand," Savage said.

HALO opened its doors to women and children in 2007. In just the first six months of 2014, it's put a roof over the heads of more than 180 women and nearly 60 kids.

Joyce Williams walked into HALO two years ago, after hitting rock bottom.

"I lost my job, and then my mother had died. And then I couldn't work because I have carpel tunnel. I got tired of being sick and tired of being out on the street --homeless and doing drinking and drugging. So I came here because I needed the help," she said.

A year later, she's clean. And she's now a volunteer at the very place that helped her -- a living example of HALO's mission.

"We want to give them hope. And if we're giving them hope which comes through Christ, then they can have life," Savage said.

HALO is currently working on obtaining a building permit for the men's shelter, which they should have by next week. Then the building process begins, and the shelter is projected to open its doors by November.

HALO already has some 600 volunteers, who help with a number of different programs the organization offers. But with the new men's shelter opening, they're in need of many more volunteers. They're also accepting donations to fund the project. If you'd like to help out, call 410-742-9356.

HALO's garden program has also expanded -- adding vegetables like swiss chard and cherry tomatoes. So far, more than 620 pounds of fresh produce have been harvested. It all goes directly to HALO's café. The café serves 200 to 225 meals a day, and in the last six months, a total of 38,000 meals.

 

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