- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new homeless shelter in Mason City for women and children is opening its doors.

Employees and volunteers were putting finishing touches on the New Beginnings House of Hope by cleaning cabinets, testing fire alarms and vacuuming floors last week, the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1ASCqWY ) reported. People can start staying there as early as Tuesday at the former real estate office, purchased and renovated by the agency formerly known as Trinity House of Hope.

The new facility offers more space, better security and comfort for clients than the agency’s previous location, according to Jeannie Kingery, director for homeless shelters under Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless.

“I have a lot of mixed emotions, honestly,” Kingery said. “I’m really excited to be out of that building, but it’s really stressful.”

The new shelter can house up to 26 people, nearly twice the occupancy of the former building. Four of the rooms also have space for children.

“I think it’s very spacious,” volunteer Robin Wilson of Mason City said. “It looks bigger on the inside than it does on the outside. And, it’s more organized and easier to keep organized.”

Five women are still living at the old shelter, which is no longer furnished.

“I think they’ll be happier here,” shelter worker Peggy Wright said of the new location.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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