Local pastor sets out to provide shelter for the homeless

Local pastor sets out to provide shelter for the homeless
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - After a Trumann pastor saw a young woman sleeping in his church's garden, he took it upon himself to do something about it.

Recently, Jeff Weaver with the First United Methodist Church went on a homeless count around town and spoke with 30 people living on the streets.

Weaver paid a visit to Mayor Barbara Lewallen's office with concerns over the homeless living in the town.

With help from the community, Weaver opened a building next to the church and began turning it into a homeless shelter.

"We will have men's and women's rooms that will have bunk beds in each room," Weaver said.

The shelter will hold up to 32 people and will include two family rooms for emergencies.

Occupants must pass a drug test, get a GED, and work towards getting out on their own.

"If you're not working outside of the shelter then you will have a job here at the shelter," Weaver said.

They will work by serving meals and stocking food in the pantry.

Weaver said the goal is to get them a steady job and a permanent roof over their heads.  

The shelter is still in need of donations like money or canned foods.

Once the plumbing is complete and the beds are installed the shelter will be ready to open.

Anyone who wants to donate can contact Weaver at (870) 239-1768.

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