Because of the new addition at Hope Harbor, families seeking refuge will now be able to stay together.
In the past, Hope Harbor’s emergency shelter program served only women and children. But the renovated emergency shelter, which opened Sept. 6, is open to two-parent families, single fathers and their children, and married couples, The Grand Island Independent reported.
The new emergency shelter is on the east side of the building. It includes five rooms that hold a total of 26 beds. The addition, which also includes a day room, is at Hope Harbor’s longtime home.
In planning the improvements at Hope Harbor, officials knew there was a need for housing for families and couples that include men.
Over the last two years, Hope Harbor has received “countless phone calls from families requesting shelter,” said Liz Mayfield, the organization’s executive director.
Because the men couldn’t stay, some families opted to stay in their cars or other dangerous or uncomfortable situations, Mayfield said.
“Our main concern is offering the services that are most needed in Grand Island,” Hope Harbor Board President Kelly Henry said in a news release. “After we opened our Service Center last fall, we turned our focus to expanding programs. We feel strongly that this expansion of services addresses the very real needs of our growing community. We were thrilled that we could make this change without an interruption of service to the families we…