PRESTONSBURG – A local group is spearheading a new initiative in Floyd County to develop a homeless shelter. The group recently met and voted on officers for the following year running to January 2017. Officers elected were Judy Yunker, – President; and Tim Cooley – President-Elect; Gail Spradlin – Vice-President; Bob Carpenter – Treasurer and Renee Thornsberry – Secretary.
“We have applied for our 503C which once we receive this back from the IRS, will allow us to apply for grant money,” said Mickey McGuire, a member of the local group. “The biggest thing is we have created our corporation and elected officers. All meetings are open to the public. It is very important to have community support. Right now our main focus is to bring awareness to the homeless situation in Floyd County.”
The discussion for the need for a homeless shelter began when a local church opened a multi-bed shelter last year and closed it due to lack of funding. If and when this project is completed, it will be a homeless shelter that is not affiliated with any church.
“I see people in need every day come into the Mud Creek Clinic,” said Eula Hall, found of Mud Creek Clinic. “We have individuals and families living with no electric and therefore no heat. The economy in our area is bad and sometimes people don’t like to be counted as homeless. We have government assistance and I think that is great, however we need a place where people can simply walk in and if they need a warm safe bed for the night, they can stay. A place to get a hot meal would mean the world to some people. As a community we must work together and support each other and this very important initiative,”
The group met Monday to discuss future plans of the Floyd County Homeless Shelter. The public is encouraged to get involved with the group. Anyone interested in volunteering and giving their support to the initiative should contact Mickey McGuire at 606-886-2201.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.