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Construction continues on Quincy's new emergency shelter

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With the temperatures continuing to drop, shelters all across the Tri-States are seeing more and more people coming in, trying to escape the freezing temperatures. And, a new emergency shelter in Quincy, set to open in March, will be opening it's doors to needy families.

"Yes, most definitely we do have homeless individuals and persons and families in this community that need our help," said Salvation Army Emergency Shelter Director Heidi Welty.

Welty says they've been at the QU Campus location for the past 4 years and it's time for a change.

"That's probably one of the biggest reasons we need to move is just be closer to home," said Welty. We've just got more resources in that area."

In the old location, space was cramped. And with capacity at 14, multiple individuals were sharing one room.

But, as Welty explains, the new 2.5 million dollar shelter will help solve most of those problems.

"You can fit a whole family, where as out here if you have a family of 4,5,6 people you're taking up 2, 3 rooms and trying to make sure everyone has their own bed and it's difficult."

The facility, located at 5th and Broadway, just one block from the Kroc Center offers a close proximity for programs offered for shelter residents.

Major Dan Jennings says it even has a similar feel to the Kroc Center.

"Of course this is a much smaller footprint than the Kroc but you'll se a lot of the same finishes, you'll see a lot of the same looks. And, even the large curtain wall in the feeding area is meant to look like the Kroc Center as well. We wanted it to look like a campus as you drive by as the salvation army does its work on this corner."

Move in date is scheduled for the end of February or early March.

Welty says they're still trying to buy new desks, furniture and beds for the new shelter, which they'll purchase from donations.

You can get more information on how you can donate by calling (217) 231-5627or by stopping by the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont in Quincy.

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