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Fayetteville Homeless Shelter Seeking New Home After Fire

Posted September 27, 2007

— A Fayetteville homeless shelter is seeking the community's help to get back to its own mission of helping others.

City fire officials said a malfunctioning surge protector sparked the flames that gutted the City Rescue Mission early Tuesday morning, sending one resident to a local hospital and 15 others to temporary shelters.

"Now, my guys are truly homeless, because this is home," said mission Executive Director Gladys Thompson. "These were my children. These were the people we took care of every day."

The house was condemned, leaving the nonprofit group without a permanent facility.

“If anybody out there has any type of building, or if anybody can donate to us so we can rent or lease, we just need to get back up and started again,” Thompson said.

The mission, which opened 34 years ago, runs a 90-day program that helps single men get jobs and places of their own. The shelter has about 50 names on a waiting list to move in.

Every evening, as many as 150 people showed up at the shelter for a meal.

The mission has set up its offices temporarily at 331 Adam St. It has also set up a fund. Donations can be made payable to the City Rescue Mission Relief Fund at any BB&T bank.

Tom Lambeth, the resident who was injured in the fire, was at the UNC Burn Center Thursday evening with first-, second- and third-degree burns, Thompson said.

He slept in the room where the fire started and had tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher.


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  • rperry Sep 28, 2007

    Homeless ought to be seeking a job, then they will have place to live!

  • headlong Sep 28, 2007

    Is it me or does there seem to be a fire in Fayetteville every night in or about the same area and about the same times for a week now???

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 28, 2007

    then who cares...........nothing WRAL is local to me but I still like to read and comment on it and not complain

  • -info- Sep 28, 2007

    I would think there is enough vacant real estate that every city could have a homeless shelter,,,,probably 2 or 3 in about 6 months.

  • lynddsy Sep 28, 2007

    wcnc-you can go online and research these programs-which i recommend before you jump.

  • then who cares Sep 27, 2007

    Who decided that Fayetteville is local? Fayetteville does not feel local to me.

  • wcnc Sep 27, 2007

    "These were my children. These were the people we took care of every day"

    Well, when we treat grown men like children, there should be no surprise why there is so much "business" at the shelter and why there is such a waiting list!! So, after the 90 program are the men required to leave since they then have a job?? Or do they come back within the week to get more "taking care of"??