Mobile County

What's Working: Shelter rebuilding after crash

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Repairs are underway to the building in Mobile that houses the only overnight homeless shelter for women. McKemie Place is housed inside the Inner City Mission building on Broad Street. Back in January, a car came crashing into the building, and the women were forced to move to another location for several weeks. McKemie Place occupies the second floor of the building. Currently, forty-five women are receiving shelter.

Executive Director Jessica James says the community really came through by offering financial contributions, meals, and supplies for the women.  The ladies were bused to different churches each week while repairs were made.

James says the accident highlights the need for McKemie Place to purchase or build its own building. The women sleep at the shelter at night and then are bussed to different churches for programs during the day. Then, they return to McKemie Place to sleep.

"Where a lot of people would see this as a negative, we have turned it into a positive and an opportunity to grow our mission and be able to start to search for that new home for us now," James said.

James says the dream would be to have McKemie Place in its new home by the end of the year.

McKemie Place is always looking for volunteers to cook meals for the ladies or offer educational programming. Call (251)432-2211.

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