At an open house event for the new homeless resource center in Tyler, donors and clients alike emphasized the way that “everything came together.”
“This was done with a lot of love from the people who wrote checks and donated services,” he said. “It's something that's really needed. We're trying to give a little dignity and a hand up to people on hard times.”
The facility offers P.O. boxes (many employers require a mailing address), a place to get a photo ID made, lockers, a message center, computer access, a barber shop, showers, washers and dryers to do laundry and a place to network with representatives from other nonprofit agencies and employment agencies.
“It's a needed commodity,” said Elise Cowan, who works as a hairstylist and secured a salon chair and other tools for the barbershop, in addition to getting other hairstylists in the community to donate their time to the nonprofit. “Everything offered here will be a big help to the homeless.”
Many of Ms. Mallory's homeless friends volunteered their time to see the project completed, she said.
“People have come out of nowhere to help,” she said. “I'm thrilled with the turnout tonight.”
The facility will open for business at 601 E. Valentine St., at 8 a.m. Monday morning, even though it's a federal holiday, Ms. Mallory said.
“What better day to start than Labor Day?” she said with a laugh.
Updated Friday, August 31, 2012 at 1:26 p.m. CDT