HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Folks without a place to call home will have access to shelter, thanks to the generosity of the Hazard community. The Corner Haven Homeless Shelter has raised more than $50,000 and will be able to operate full-time this winter.
Staff at the Corner Haven Homeless Shelter are beaming with gratitude to the people of Hazard and Perry County.
"I really can't thank the community enough, particularly the Hazard Police Department and many of the churches and other groups around here who really stepped up," said shelter director Adrienne Bush.
The shelter had to cut back its services in May after state funding dried up. Now, thanks to the generosity of members of the community, the shelter will be able to operate once again on a full-time basis.
"In the meantime, we are working on some sustainability strategies so that we as a community never have to face this again," said Bush.
As the shelter staff prepares to transition to full-time operation, they are also developing ways to improve services. They say there can be many different roadblocks that stand in the way of people achieving stable housing.
"It may be education. It may be employment. It may be taking care of some physical or mental healthcare needs," explained Jennifer Weeber, director of community programs at the shelter.
As excited as they are that the donations came through, the shelter staff say the outpouring of support from the community has been felt even more by the folks that rely on the shelter's services.
"I think it's been really powerful for our residents to know that the community cares about them and their fate and wants to make certain that they have a warm bed and a warm place to be during the day," said Weeber.
With the community's backing, staff at the Corner Haven Homeless Shelter say they are confident more people will find their way to housing success.
Among the people that made donations were the students of Roy G. Eversole Elementary School in Hazard. The children were able to raise $1,000 for the cause.