PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - While we experience freezing temperatures we are reminded of those who are living without shelter and heat, including some of our nation's heroes....veterans. A project in Pike County is almost complete that will get these men and women out of the cold.
With snow on the ground, the finishing touches are going on a facility that will provide shelter and warmth for homeless veterans.
Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says the Pike County Fiscal Court tries their best to help out those who fought for our country which is why they donated land behind Shelby Valley High School to this project. "To give people a roof over their head who have been in harms way, to give me the right to stand here and talk to you today," explains Rutherford.
Homeless heroes in Eastern Kentucky are hard to keep count of but officials say there are certainly more than most folks realize.
Jackie Long, Director of Housing and Grants for Mountain Comprehensive Care says, "In rural areas, it is harder to identify homeless people because they are not usually living in the streets of our town like they are in bigger cities. We have a lot of people out in the county living in substandard housing , in places not meant to be housing."
The more than one million dollar center operated by Mountain Comprehensive Care will help these men and women.
Judge Rutherford says, "They will work with them, counsel them, and get them ready to go back out into society."
Providing warmth and helping veterans transition from homelessness to a healthy, productive member of the community they fought to defend.
Construction workers say they plan to have the building complete by the end of January.
the center will offer services like medical care, mental health counseling, career building and guidance.The project was made possible by various grants.