Budget Cuts Put Fulton Homeless Shelter in Jeopardy

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FULTON - The director of Our House homeless shelter in Fulton told KOMU Saturday the shelter is in major need of financial assistance.

As the lone shelter in Callaway County, Our House provides transitional housing for homeless families in the area and works with them to find more permanent housing situations.

Due to cutbacks in federal and United Way funding this year, Our House is facing an $18,000 shortfall. Executive Director Brad Sheppard said the shelter has dipped into its savings to stay afloat and may have to halt some of its services.

"Worst case scenario, we would not be able to keep our emergency shelter open every night," said Sheppard.

Originally from St. Louis, Sandra Winston moved to Fulton with a few months ago and currently resides at Our House. Winston also said Our House is different from the other shelters she has lived in because "everyone is like family."

It's a lovely place to be. You never get too depressed about anything because you always have someone to go to," said Winston.

Those looking to get involved with Our House can volunteer to paint rooms or donate goods and money. For more information, call 573-642-6065 or email ourhousecallaway.org.