Volunteers Help Build Souls Harbor Dining Hall

Rogers -- Volunteers are helping a Rogers homeless shelter replace its dilapidated kitchen.

Souls Harbor shelters men who want to reconstruct their lives, and many of them are battling drugs or alcohol.

"Right now I'm housing 24 men, both in dorms and four on the couch(es)," says Skip Grimes, Associate Director of Souls Harbor. "We feed the guys, house them, clothe them, get them to their appointments, and help them get work."

The kitchen and dining hall sit in an old home without air conditioning.

"It gets to probably 130 degrees in here in the summertime when you're trying to cook," Grimes says.

The current kitchen may be warm, but it's far from inviting.

"We have had an ongoing cockroach problem since I got here," he says. "It's very old, very dilapidated and run down, but we've made do."

The shelter received a $50,000 grant to build a new mess hall, but the community stepped in to stretch the cash, providing free siding and discounted concrete. On Thursday a construction crew is started framing the structure for free.

"They were by here one day and saw the foundation and stopped in," says Joe Hewgley, Chairman of the Board of Souls Harbor. "The man said, 'I think I can help you,' then he brought his crew in here."

Now the organization that's transformed so many men, is celebrating a transformation of its own.

"We have a lot of success stories," Hewgley says. "We have some that are not, but we've had a lot of success stories over the years... If there are people in the community that want to get involved, we'd love to have their help."

For more information on Souls Harbor, visit this site.
KNWA visited Souls Harbor in December, see that story here.

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