A northeast Iowa homeless shelter re-opened just in time for men to take refuge from the storm Sunday, KWWL reports.
“There are other shelters that are available to women and children, but those are not available to men, so we saw the need to have someplace other than the rescue mission that would allow men to come stay.” Explained Alysia Hedrick.
Last week the newly renovated guesthouse shelter located at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque opened.
The shelter has eight beds now but plans to add four more.
The facility serves as an overflow shelter for the Dubuque rescue mission that can’t take in anymore homeless men.
The shelter tried to open last winter but an inspection from the city found code violations.
Since then, they’ve spent $100,000 to install a sprinkler system, smoke alarms and emergency back-up lights.
Church members say they wanted to help.
“St. John’s community, the congregation and the people that are coming in and using our facilities, there’s just so much love,” Hendrick said, tearing up. “I think that’s it; the overwhelming love.”
Last week, Saint John’s also opened a new open closet ministry to provide clothing to people in need.