Seeds of Hope to Build New Homeless Shelter on South Side of Chillicothe

The local non-profit, Seeds of Hope, is expanding its efforts to house the homeless of Chillicothe. 

The faith-based charity will be breaking ground for a new 2,048 square foot facility that will house up to 16 individuals at a time. 

 "It's going to be located at 3130 South Bridge Street, behind the Open Door Church. We have leased a 1.4 acre lot and will be building a 2,048 square foot facility that will house 16 individuals at a time," said Seeds of Hope Board Member, Nikki Wells.

Seeds of Hope has been in operation since 2010. It's a local non-profit the operates an emergency homeless shelter that has benefited 396 over the past six years.

"396 people seems like a large number but when you look at the need, it's really not. With this new shelter we'll be able to better meet that need," said Wells.

The need for the new shelter is large as their office receives anywhere from 30 to 40 calls per month from men, women and even children looking for a place to stay. The new facility will allow the charity to serve up to 60 individuals per month with two rooms reserved for homeless families.

The new shelter is called "Jackie's House" is the memory of Jackie Cook. Cook was to become a volunteer for Seeds of Hope but passed away unexpectedly in August of 2016.

Ground will be broken for the new facility in May. The non-profit is currently $25,000 shy of the $75,000 needed to pay for the new shelter. 

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