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Women's homeless shelter opens in Fayetteville

Posted July 8, 2015

— Fayetteville leaders are making good on their promise to curb homelessness in the city by partnering with a church that opened a homeless shelter for women.

Toni Stewart, program director for True Vine Ministry’s Hope Shelter, said the new shelter can house 21 women and meet their basic needs.

“They can take showers, they will be served a great meal every day,” she said. “We have a computer lab so they’ll be able to search for jobs and homes, or whatever they need.”

Renee Spaulding has been homeless for about a year and said she can see the beginning of a better future behind the shelter’s doors.

“I can get some help through there, get back on my feet and get in on my own place again,” Spaulding said. “Make sure the facility helps someone.”

The City of Fayetteville owns the building and is leasing it to a local church.

Mayor Nat Robertson visited True Vine Ministry's gym during the winter and saw the program in action.

“I saw dozens, in fact probably a hundred or so of the homeless taking refuge in their gymnasium,” Robertson said. “This is part of the True Vine ministry’s outreach. The City of Fayetteville could not be more supportive of what they’re doing.”


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