Clay City shelter for homeless female veterans set to open August 15

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CLAY CITY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A Place Called Hope, a new shelter homeless female veterans, will open next Saturday, August 15 in Clay City.

Dr. Duane Chassie, executive director of the shelter, said he wanted to help women battling with addiction get back on their feet.

“It’s not a job. It’s more of a calling. We felt the burden to come here and start this work because we know there’s a growing need among the female population. There’s a growing need to reach out to individuals and help them break free,” Chassie said.

The renovation project cost an estimated 50,000 dollars. Chassie said the community stepped up to help bring the project to life.

“Through the help of many volunteers and also donations from private individuals, businesses and churches, we were able to raise the funds and the house is completely debt free,” he said.

The shelter will house 12 female veterans, who will live with two live in supervisors. The women will also be placed in classes to help them obtain life skills and job placement.

Deann Shannon is one of the live in supervisors and she has also experienced a period of homelessness.

Shannon said she wants to provide them with comfort.

“I’m hoping we can make a place where they feel safe and they can trust so we can help them rebuild their life,” she said.

Women are allowed to stay at the shelter for 12 months.

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