It’s been some 15 months of renovations and fundraising, but The Davies Shelters new Ruth and Naomi Women’s Shelter will finally be opening its doors at 2007 North Broad Street to those in need this Tuesday, August 6.
“We are so excited to finally say that we will open the doors for our first guest at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday,” says Devon Smyth, executive director of The Davies Shelters. “We have some memorandum agreements in place with some agencies in town and we know we have a couple of ladies coming from those programs, but beds will be available on a first come, first serve basis.”
The property will provide housing for 8 single women and 4 women with children. One of the beds will be dedicated to a client participating in the Living Proof Recovery program. All clients will also undergo a mental health and substance abuse assessment to determine if any additional help is needed.
“Everything is ready to go. We are just looking for monthly donors that will help us keep the facility running…help us pay the power bill, the water bill, and put food on the table. We would love to have donors who can make just a $10 a month recurring donations to support us,” says Smith.
The property was purchased in May 2018 through generous community donations. Some 700 community partners and volunteers have worked over the last 19 months to renovate the property. Background
“They have done everything from ripping up carpet, to hanging sheetrock, to painting and new floors…its really been a community-based project. We have had so many folks offer services and gifts…a Girl Scout troop bought all our kitchen utensils, pots, pans and cups. We’ve had help from Carpenters for Christ, Bonner Scholars from Berry and so many other groups and organizations have helped…all kinds of folks,” says Smyth.
“We had hoped to open at the first of the year, but we found out last December that we were going to have to install a fire sprinkler system that we weren’t anticipating, so that has pushed everything back. And as frustrating as it’s been, we are glad we will have a facility that will be fully safe when we open.”
To help, visit daviesshelter.com and click the donate now button. The Ruth and Naomi House can be reached at 706-802-6300.