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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – There are several places for people who are homeless to stay when the sun goes down in Albany.  But as the sun rises, they are put back on the streets.  Now, one group is working to open a day shelter for the homeless to go to find resources that can help them.

The shelter will be called a Place for Hope, somewhere the homeless can receive their mail, and other basic services.  It's set to open in less than two months, if they can get the money and support they need to make it happen.

Johnny Warren is one of several people who camp out on the Dray line each day looking for work. "You see this?"  He asks while holding his wallet.  "That is in bad shape right there.  Nary dime."

He struggles to pay his utilities and other bills.  Monday he was looking for work to get him enough money to be able to wash his laundry.  "Really I need me a gig," he said.  "I need some work."

While Warren has no money to support himself, he isn't homeless, though he knows plenty of people who are.  "Oh, it's a bunch of homeless people out here now," he said.  "They don't want to be homeless, but they doing the best they can."

But they spend lots of their time on the streets everyday.  That's why one group is working to set up a day center for the homeless.

Becky Boyd with A Place for Hope said, "People who are homeless do not have any place to go during the day."

The center would be at 206 South Monroe, thanks to the Nazarene Church.  It wouldn't be a hang-out, but a resource for the homeless.  Boyd said, "The purpose of this agency is for them to have a place to go where they can find hope, where we can offer them resources, we can point them in directions where they can receive help, we can offer them the basic needs, basic services that most of us take for granted."

Helping the homeless, and helping others like Warren keep from losing their homes.

In order to open by October 1st, the Place for hope advisory board is hoping to raise close to $20,000 to cover operating expenses. 

Monday, they got a big boost in that fund, as Mission Change met and agreed to provide $2500 to the organization.The first Church of the Nazarene of Albany provided the building the day center will be located in.

You can donate to a Place for Hope by calling 229-886-1257.

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