- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nondenominational Christian nonprofit agency is opening a shelter in Sioux City for homeless, single fathers and their children.

The Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1qjHV1I ) reports that Gospel Mission began construction on the $600,000 facility in the fall of 2015. The apartments are scheduled to open later this month.

“Individuals keep contacting us on a regular basis to find out if we are open yet,” said Harold Youtzy Jr., Gospel Mission’s pastor and executive director. “I don’t think that it will take long for this all to fill up.”

Gospel Mission will give families food and resources to find daycare and work. The apartments include various kitchen appliances, a laundry machine, a living area with a TV and bunkbeds. Residents will be allowed to stay for six months, with the end goal of getting the family back on its feet.

“The idea is to give them temporary assistance, but we don’t want to continue to enable them to be homeless, as well,” Youtzy said. “If they have a safe place for themselves and for their children, I think that will be something that will richly bless them.”

Youtzy said that Gospel Mission’s board of directors became aware of the need to house single men and their children after three separate incidents in which men turned to the nonprofit for help.

“A gentleman would show up with children inquiring about potential services that we might provide to them, and we didn’t have anything,” Youtzy said. “We’d come to the next meeting and there would be someone else coming. . And it gave us cause to think, is this the Lord telling us what we need to do?”

Gospel Mission already has a shelter for single women with children. A dedication and open house for the new shelter is scheduled for April 17.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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