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Closed since Matthew flooding, Fayetteville's Salvation Army shelter finally reopens

Posted December 1, 2017 6:58 p.m. EST

— More than a year after Hurricane Matthew destroyed the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Fayetteville, the facility reopened Friday to help the needy during the holiday season.

Starting Monday, families will move back in, and meals will be served. Christmas trees and decorations are scattered throughout the building in anticipation of residents returning.

"We can accommodate up to seven families and up to eight single women, so that's our capacity. Roughly 62 beds is what that would encompass," Salvation Army director Matt Trantham said.

Floodwater from Matthew not only destroyed the shelter on Alexander Street, it also damaged the kitchen and dining room where the Salvation Army served its "love lunch" every day.

"Generally, throughout the year, we serve roughly 122,000 meals to the community," Trantham said.

While the shelter has been closed, the Salvation Army worked with other charitable organizations in Fayetteville and Cumberland County to ensure people who needed help were able to find it.

Although it's taken almost 14 months to make repairs, former shelter residents said it was well worth the wait.

"I know they were doing renovations, but not like this. This is an upgrade for real," said Kenneth Carstarphen, who called the shelter home for about six months before the hurricane hit.