TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A once abandoned building will soon be a community tool to combat an increasing homelessness issue.
Pathway’s Day Center, located on 504 S. 15th Street in Terre Haute, will serve as a hub for many social services, including the Bethany House and C.O.D.A.
Reach Services will be in charge of the new center that will only house people under special circumstances like extreme temperature changes. One reason for a need to expand facilities includes Reach Services’ continued growth of operations.
“I think our goal always is to just end homelessness,” Sarah Chandler, Program Manager for Housing and Social Services for Reach Services, said. “Obviously, that’s just a year long thing, but I think this building is one stepping stone to getting there.”
The new Pathway’s Day Center will feature a computer room, conference room and shower facilities. Local social services will be allowed to work out of empty office spaces to help people in need.
“It’s just centralized. We did a bus route to see how close we’d be to others agencies within the area. We saw that this was right on the bus route,” Chandler said. “People can take a bus here for their services and then take bus back to wherever they need to go.”
Those seeking assistance can do so in case management, financial help and transportation.
Martha Crossen, a Terre Haute City Council member, helped with the building’s rezoning, which passed unanimously. She said the new center will be a vital tool to the area.
“If we can help get those people into better housing or some housing and into a job that allows them to be independent, it’s not only good for them, but good for the whole community,” Crossen said.
Pathway’s will be located in Crossen’s district, District No. 6.
“I don’t think our district is any different than any other district in the area,” Crossen said. “There are needs everywhere. Our goal and any elected official’s goal is to provide people with a better quality of life.”
A meeting will be held this week by Reach Service’s to determine a date to begin construction.