Raleigh, N.C. — It's moving day for LaTanya Rainey and her family.
They're among four families that are unpacking and settling into their new home at The Salvation Army of Wake County's Center of Hope on Capital Boulevard a few days before the shelter opens officially.
“I'm just excited. I don't know how to describe it,” Rainey said.
It’s been a tough year for the family. Everything they own fits into one box. But their new room at The Salvation Army shelter is a safe haven until Rainey can get back on her feet.
“I walked in and I saw the purple colors, and the first thing that jumped out was 'royalty',” Rainey said.
More families are on the way as The Salvation Army leaves its Person Street location in downtown Raleigh for a building that is three times larger. Women and children can stay at the 92-bed shelter as they look for work.
Spokeswoman Paige Bagwell said the new digs give families like the Raineys some badly needed privacy.
“She can actually read a book to her children at night, where she's had to share a space with five and six families before,” Bagwell said.
Workers are still putting the finishing touches on a few areas, including the playrooms and the computer lab. And next month, Wake Smiles will open the county's only free dental clinic for adults.
“This is the center of hope,” Bagwell said. “You can come here and get the resources that you need.”
Rainey says it's just what she needs.
“This is going to be our place of rest until we get to another place - to our own,” she said. “It's just overwhelming.”
The Center of Hope will hold a public open house Saturday.