HALO in Salisbury getting an upgrade
SALISBURY, Md. – The HALO homeless shelter in Salisbury is getting ready to expand, and a local business is helping out. HALO leaders tell 47 ABC the expansion will provide guests with new services to make them feel a little more at home. “Having the laundry facility – man, this is going to be so great for the guys, and the ladies, you know. It’s just something that’s not out there,” said Celeste Savage, executive director of HALO homeless shelter.
On top of providing access to laundry machines , project leaders are planning on adding new showers to this room and freeing up space for at least ten more beds.
WE’re told these kinds of facilities are essential to building guests’ confidence and helping them succeed. “It’s exciting because this is an open opportunity for our guests to be able to come in, wash their clothes, shower, clean body, clean clothes, and the dignity is restored,” said Savage.
Savage is teaming up with Keith Fisher of Fisher Architecture to get the project underway. “As you look at the space now as it being a cold dark shell the transformation of that into really making it a temporary home for someone, that’s the challenge,” said Fisher.
Fisher says as soon as he heard about the plan to expand the shelter, he knew he wanted to step in and help. “We utilize a lot of the infrastructure to do business in this community, so it’s great for us to be able to look back at the community and say ‘How can we help?'” said Fisher.
But as this shelter grows, shelter leaders say so will the need for helping hands. “We are always in need of volunteers. I mean we’re a 365 days of the year 24/7 organization, so volunteers are absolutely a necessity,” said Savage.
While Fisher says some contractors have already reached out for the construction side of the project, more help is always welcome. “We’re looking for funds, we’re looking for help to do this, we’re also looking for people that know how to make the light bulb turn on and things of that nature,” said Fisher.
Shelter leaders tell 47 ABC that the laundry facility will be open both to guests and people who are not staying at the shelter. Before any of this can happen, project leaders tell us that they hope to have permits in by May to make this vision a reality. Fisher says his architecture firm worked with Celeste for about two months to get everything organized. They say they hope to have the expansion completed by the end of this year.