Staunton's faith-based homeless shelter, Valley Mission, is getting some help to finish a new facility.
For more than a year, the women's ministry called “Faith. Hope. Love.” has raised money and planned to revamp the basement at the Valley Mission. The effort is called Project Love. Now they're hoping for a bit of a Christmas miracle to have it done by the end of the month.
"It's like a gift every time that I come here, and watching the first wall come up, my breath was taken away with just how amazing this all is,” said Jen Eccles, co-founder of Faith. Hope. Love.
Between raising five kids and working as a pediatric nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Eccles somehow finds time to volunteer. After collecting almost $10,000 toward Project Love, she and other volunteers share joy that soon guests there will have access to safe children's play areas, counseling services and a kitchenette.
"I think it's going to be a way that our families can bond a little bit better. I also think it's very heartwarming that Project Love is completing this at this time of year because with the weather being cold, we really want an inviting and homey space for our children and families to have,” said Susan Richardson, executive director of Valley Mission.
The large team of volunteers hopes to have the work finished in a few weeks.
"This area is just going to be used to make it less scary,” Eccles said. “It's scary enough to be homeless as an adult, but as a child - I can't imagine what that feels like, and that chaos that ensues. So hopefully this space and the Valley Mission will be a nice, smoothing calmness in their storm.”
The Valley Mission could still use help from volunteers with painting and other labors of love if you’re interested in helping.
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