Shelter For Homeless Women, Children Opens | Chillicothe, Ohio | Chillicothe Gazette
For eight local women and children, Saturday could not come soon enough.
The Daughters of Ruth homeless shelter, dedicated to serving women and their children, opened its doors at 4 p.m. Saturday. Four women, two with children, moved in.
“The two women with children are both expecting (pregnant) and one is due soon,” said Nicole Wells, executive director of the faith-based group that turned a vision for a homeless shelter into a reality.
One of the women had been living in her car, and another had been bouncing around different homes.
“There’s a great need in this community, and I think we’ll be full most of the time,” Wells said.
The shelter is a 24-hour-per-day faith-based operation that can house a maximum of five adult women plus their children. It operates in a home on Dayton Street owned by Freedom Life Center Church. Pastor Charlie Lindsey leased the home at no cost to help get the shelter off the ground. The group has received support from many volunteers while remodeling on the home, and joined forces with Chillicothe Carpet owners Penny and John West and their organization Women In Need.