Just like in the movies, miracles do happen. Nowhere was this more evident recently than at the reopening of Providence House, a homeless shelter for families in downtown Shreveport. Tales of these miraculous events crowded the agenda and filled the air as community supporters toured the newly renovated facility.
Sisters Susan and Haleigh Gunter wrote a book about being homeless.
After serving as a homeless shelter for more than ten years, the facility was in need of extensive repairs. It was something of a miracle when the renovation project came in under budget and on time. The architects were also able to reconfigure the space and increase the number of family living units from 24 to 28.
Former Providence House resident Kelly Holt recalled walking into the shelter 19 months ago with her 7-month-old son and a bag of clothes. Kelly began participating in the programs offered by Providence House and today she has a job, an apartment, and has almost completed her GED. "Now, that's a miracle," said Kelly.
Almost $2 million was raised to rennovate Providence House.
Actually, miracles occur on a daily basis on Cotton Street as the homeless find not only shelter but also care, support, training, and encouragement from the Providence House staff. An integral member of the local continuum of care, it's not just a homeless shelter; Providence House is a residential development center providing comprehensive support services for improving the family structure and encouraging independent living.
Families are turning their lives around and breaking the cycle of homelessness. An impressive 91% of Providence House graduates maintain their independence. Thanks to the dedicated staff and effective programs administered by Providence House, miracles walk out of the door every day.