A new shelter has opened its doors in New Glasgow.
Mark Farth, board member for the Viola’s Place Society, said the lone homeless shelter in the area closed about two years ago. Since then, citizens formed a steering committee which turned into a board. He said they fundraised for about a year and a half to purchase the former Pentecostal Life Church which housed the old shelter in the basement. Farth said they have the rest of the building for future uses for the community.
The name of the shelter, Viola’s Place, is in memory of Viola Desmond.
The society is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested is asked to call 752-0550, visit the society’s Facebook page, or via email at email@example.com. Farth said volunteers would need a background check to work inside the shelter but added there are plenty of other jobs to do for people who want to help.