Local community shelter opens new facility


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local families in need officially have a new place to stay.

The Greenville Community Shelter starts the big move to its new facility Friday morning.

They’ll be working along with volunteers all weekend to make the transition.

The new building accommodates more residents, which is especially important during these hot summer days and in the winter. It features 110 beds, which is 32 more than their previous location. It also includes a new area for families.

The new facility is more secure, with a state of the art security system and lockers for those who stay there.

Residents say they think the upgraded facility will help them find work.

Greenville Community Shelter Executive Director Bob Williams says the excitement from residents makes it all worthwhile.

“You could see the look on their faces like ‘my goodness, somebody cares about us.’ And that’s what means the most to me, so that when they walk through the door at night, they reenter a brand new, friendly facility that’s aesthetically pleasing. It’s clean, energy efficient, it’s secure, which is absolutely amazing,” Williams said.

The shelter still needs volunteers to help with the move this weekend. They’re working from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Williams says you can volunteer all day or even just a few hours.

For details on how you can help, click here.

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