MOUNT VERNON — The dream of a permanent winter shelter for homeless men in the county is slowly but surely becoming a reality.
David Hurlbut, of A+ Auto, donated a building on West Vine Street that is being renovated to provide sanctuary to those in need.
Bruce Hawkins, a member of the Winter Sanctuary Board, said the Sanctuary has the option of using the property for 10 years. He said other donors have contributed funds to renovate the inside of the structure with Ariel Foundation, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, and Mark Ramser being the three biggest contributors to date.
“We have to put a sprinkler system in,” said Hawkins, “and we’re going to put in electricity, a washer and dryer and things like that. It’s only about 1,400 square feet, but there’s a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done.”
Hawkins estimated the new shelter will accommodate 16-18 men as opposed to the dozen or so now receiving overnight housing.
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