After 3-years of planning and preparing...
The Hope Gospel Mission's Ruth House for homeless single women is now officially open.
It was just back in January of this year when Executive Director Gary Steward announced Hope Gospel would receive a grant to help finish construction.
Then on Wednesday, it was official....the Ruth House is open for business.
"We saw there was a niche so we tried to fill it. Today is the completion of that," Steward said.
The facility has 6 bedrooms and can house up to 12 single women.
Although it's doors were first opened on October 25th, 2-residents now call Ruth House home.
"It's been a blessing to be here. But my long-term goal is to get out and be a full-functioning citizen," Ruth House resident Andrea said.
Andrea drifted in and out from hotels and the streets before finding her way to the house a couple weeks ago.
Three staff members help provide 24-hour help to Andrea and other residents and programs to help get them back on their feet, which is new to people like Andrea.
"I've had problems in the past trusting people and all they want to do here is for you to learn and grow better," Andrea said.
The house has a family room complete with fireplace, full kitchen, washer/dryer and common bathroom for guests to use during their stay.
But it's the staff that Andrea describes like a family that makes it more.
"It's not only a place to have a bed and hot food, but it's a home," She added.
Which is what Steward and the others who helped build this place intended for it to be.
"God's in this place. It's taken a while and I'm glad we finally have it completed," Steward said.
So are residents like Andrea.