Homeless shelter continues expansion as need increases

Homeless shelter continues expansion as need increases
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Brick by brick, a homeless shelter in Trumann keeps expanding and it still fights for more space.

The homeless residents at Stepping Stone Sanctuary are building a better future for the homeless still out on the streets.

What started as a single building now has become five, the work done by the residents themselves.

"We want to try and keep people off the streets that are in need," Larry Matney, a resident of Stepping Stone Ministry, said. "We've built freezers, a bigger area, we built an area across the road where we can hand out our food."

Matney, once homeless until he found the shelter, said it is important the expansion process moves forward.

"I see the need growing more and more every day," Matney said.

With all the expansion, the shelter remains at full capacity with 24 residents, even turning away people every day, leaving behind a lengthy waiting list.

"There's so many out there that just decide to give up, like there's nothing else coming to them," Matney said. "This expansion is really important. that we are able to get these stages done so we can help as many people as we can."

They need the help from the community.

On Saturday, May 20, the shelter is hosting a community health day.

They will host a bike-a-thon and a bike race. The event will have several activities for adults and children, a helmet giveaway, and a barbecue.

All the proceeds go back to the community and the shelter's efforts to continue to expand.

If you want to register for the bike race or help volunteer for the event, contact the shelter by leaving a message on their Facebook page here.

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