Restoration of Sedalia House for Homeless Shelter

7 years 8 months 1 hour ago Saturday, October 23 2010 Oct 23, 2010 Saturday, October 23, 2010 7:45:12 PM CDT October 23, 2010 in News
SEDALIA - The Sedalia community took on 20 projects today for "Make A Difference Day." The feature project was the restoration of a house for the homeless.

"We're going to use it for a restoration, or transition, shelter so people that are on the streets... we're going to bring them in and give them more of a hand up. Not so much a hand out, just help them get back on their feet, teach them some life skills," Chris Patton, President of The Embassy, which is the organization that is overseeing the project, said.

More than 250 community volunteers have been remodeling the 100-year-old house since late July. The goal is to have the shelter completed by December or January.  Organizers hope the shelter will be able to house up to 20 men.

"This is a key project, and so it's a signature piece, but every life that we can touch and everybody that we can empower and help, you know, is a signature piece in my books," Bob Vickers, the overseer of all 20 projects, said.

Because Sedalia has about 100 homeless people, there will be a stringent selection process for who gets to use the shelter.

"When people come they're going to have an intake form. They're going to have to tell us who they are, where they are and what's been going on in their lives," Ben Embree, the head of the reconstruction process, said.

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