Homeless No More, a nonprofit offering emergency services, transitional and affordable housing for homeless families across the Midlands, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25 for their new education facility at 1705 McFadden Street, Columbia.
“With the opening of our new education building, Homeless No More will finally have a building that lives up to the incredible children’s programing our staff provides,” said Lila Anna Sauls, Homeless No More’s President and CEO.
The 5,000 sf building will house two offices and six classrooms for after school care, summer camp, and adult life skills classes.
With the help of local design and contracting firms, the space was carefully designed for children, teens, and parents to feel comfortable, secure, and inspired. The classrooms and learning spaces will serve large groups, but still feel like home.
The new education facility is part of Putting Families First, a capital campaign that started in 2019 and has raised more than $5.8 million for expansion projects to better serve the families at Homeless No More. The campaign included the construction of 15 affordable housing units known as Myrtle Grove, rehabilitation of new dormitories at Family Shelter, and the construction of new life-skill space and warehouse facilities at St. Lawrence Place.”
“Homeless No More is strategically growing to meet the needs of our families,” said Sauls. “We couldn’t do this without the continued support from our community.”
About Homeless No More
Homeless No More (HNM) is a nonprofit organization providing a continuum of care that keeps each family together and meets their needs at the right time with the right services. Through three primary programs (Family Shelter, St. Lawrence Place, and Live Oak Place) HNM offers emergency services, transitional, and affordable housing across the midlands. By providing the support to move each family toward a permanent, self-sufficient solution, HNM strives to eradicate family homelessness and help parents and their children achieve lasting independence. Of the families HNM served, 91% move from transitional to permanent housing. For more information, visit www.homelessnomoresc.org.