Vigo Co. Commissioners award Reach Services funding for new homeless shelter

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Vigo County Commissioners awarded Reach Services $20,000 for its Pathways Day Shelter.

The funding came from the Community Development Fund, a county initiative to help organizations in need.

The project will cost $500,000, with $300,000 dedicated to renovations. The county award will allow Reach Services to close on the property on South 15th Street, formally known as the Terre Haute Youth Intervention Center.

“It’s an amazing feeling, we’re very blessed. It shows how much our community members care it shows how much the mayor, united way and the commissioners care about the people in our community,” Jesica Rohrkaste, Lead Case Manager at Reach Services, said.

She said they wanted to provide another resource to those in need.

“It’s for what you wouldn’t expect to be homeless,” she noted. “The working homeless, people who are living on the streets, people who are staying with family and friends. It’s going to be a place for them to come and get warm and do their laundry.”

Reach Services plans to begin renovations after closing on the property.

Brendan Kearns, Vigo County Commissioner, said this is the first step in combatting homelessness in Vigo County.

“I firmly believe that your government should be there to help the people in need,” he said. “Not give hand outs, but a hand up. Find out why they’re in their situation and work with them to get out of that rut. There are some people who want to be left alone, but a lot of the people that we see, they sincerely need help.”

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