GRAND HAVEN, Mich - (WZZM) A center for homeless women in Grand Haven that opened in June has already reached capacity and is turning away women who need temporary housing. The Hope House opened June 6th on Despelder Street just off US-31. Eric Morgan with Love INC Tri Cities says his ministry has turned away 72 women in need.
One year ago city leaders in Grand Haven, residents, and Love INC leaders were trying to decide if the city should permit the former Hospice building to be renovated into shelter living for women. Morgan said Monday at that time those opposed to the idea thought the city did not need such a facility. Pointing out large homeless shelters are available in Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Rapids.
Morgan says a shelter at capacity since it opened is proof the Tri Cities needed such a facility. Women who stay at Hope House must complete life-skills training, counseling, and maintain or pursue employment. Community groups and volunteers are actively supporting the Hope House ministry. Volunteers bring in meals, and sometimes provide transportation. This week a hairstylist in the area even offered to visit the house to offer her talents for free.
Love INC will open its men's homeless shelter on Despelder Street in June next year, followed by a shelter for families and then married couples.
By Jon Mills