SJ-R: Shelter for women, children planned for October

SJ-R Coverage of the opening of Contact Ministries’ new shelter for single women and women with children of all ages.

A non-for-profit ministry that provides shelter for homeless women and their children, plus several services for the community, is hoping the expansion of its emergency shelter will be completed sometime in October.

CONTACT MINISTRIES, 1100 E. Adams St., is remodeling the space that formerly housed HELPING HANDS into an emergency shelter for single women and women with their children of all ages. The new space will hold 34 beds.

A homeless shelter, Helping Hands has temporarily moved to the Springfield Overflow Shelter at 1015 E. Madison St. because Contact Ministries in July was awarded a two-year grant of $35,000 per year from United Way that required expansion work of its space to start in the summer.

“We have always owned this building. We built this building (in 1993), and (Helping Hands) had a contract with us. That contract was up about five years ago, so we’ve extended and extended,” said CINDY DRUM, Contact Ministries’ executive director.

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