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Homeless shelter gets makeover

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JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA.  (WDRB-TV)--Southern Indiana's only homeless shelter is getting some much needed help.  With colder weather here and the holidays just weeks away, it's just in time for residents at The Haven House in Jeffersonville.

The renovation project is long overdue.  It will help solve a big problem at the Haven House.

"And you might see a lot less stressful women when they can just go to the bathroom and relax without having to be rushed out by someone else," says Krystal Combs, who lives at the Haven House.

Crews are in the process of renovating and building extra bathroom space at the homeless shelter.  It's an addition residents are looking forward to.

Combs says, "From my own perspective once the new restrooms are complete--with the children...they're going to have an own private where they can have bath time and they can actually sit and play with toys. And it's not okay, you've got to get a two minute shower because you have that line of women behind you."

The project will cost more than $15,000, but the labor and parts are being donated by a local church.

"We are over here volunteering 'cause the people here need it, the women here didn't have a bathroom. They had one commode and one shower, they didn't have a place to bathe their kids," says Bill Taylor, with Wall Street United Methodist Church.

Bill Taylor and his co-worker have been working on and off at the shelter for the last several weeks.

Taylor says, "The floor was all rotted out, we just come in, we going to put new floor down, new tile, put new walls and everything up."

It is a generous donation. But the center still needs more.  "Everyday it changes," says Mattie Cintron.  "We could have 80, we could have 90 residents a night."

"We need more people to come and volunteer," says Cintron. 

Help is especially needed now that the holiday season is here and the shelter is at full capacity.  "Right now we are in need of food and meet downstairs...ah...bills to be paid," says Cintron.

And the staff at Haven House is not asking people to do anything they aren't doing themselves.

Cintron says, "We get paid as the money comes in.  Sometimes we go without for a couple of months...without no pay."

Volunteers and managers at The Haven House are hoping more people will join them in the near future.

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