Waypoint getting help with a women’s shelter

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Waypoint Griffin is working with a number of local organizations to get its women shelter open.

The Phoenix House — a shelter for homeless female veterans — will be in the former men’s shelter at East Griffin Baptist Church. Don Taylor from Waypoint said the church offered the house to Waypoint, and he’s been working to get it fixed up.

The church has already put a new roof on it before offering it to Taylor. He’s asked a local contractor, who’d worked on Taylor’s own home, to do similar work on the floors at Phoenix House.

After the floor repairs, Taylor has arranged for a $17,000 grant and a volunteer work crew from Home Depot to do interior renovations and replace kitchen cabinets and applicances. Once that is done, he’s working with the Sun City Garden Club to help decorate inside and out.

The club will be working on getting donations and providing community service. Some of the club’s effort may be part of the annual Christmas in July fundraiser

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held in Sun City. Club members will work with Waypoint’s Sandra Brownlee to determine the needs as the shelter gets closer to opening.

Brownlee said there are three women already on the waiting list for the shelter which will have room for five women. She is interviewing others as well.

Taylor hopes this will be an example for other property owners of what can be done, as there’s a need for more shelters.

For more information on Waypoint Griffin, call 770-415-0859 or stop by the veterans center at 232 East Broad St., Griffin.