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Longview mission sets women’s shelter project

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 4:00 am

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com

Now that Christmas is over, the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is moving on to its next big project: expanding its Women & Families Shelter.

Executive Director Eric Burger said the dirt work has already started on the $900,000 project, which will double the number of beds for women and children at the shelter. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

In addition to providing shelter for more people, this will allow us to separate mothers with children from single women,” Burger said.

Separating families from single women is especially important in situations where a mother has older boys, he said. The current shelter isn’t designed to give adolescent and teen boys the privacy they might need, he said.

The additions to the shelter will consist of six cottages — four smaller ones and two larger ones. While their use will initially be restricted to women and children, they could be used — and, eventually, probably will be used — to shelter homeless families or single-father families, he said.

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