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Local homeless shelter needs help expanding

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - From homeless drug addicts to productive members of society - It's a transition being made through just a dozen beds at a Kentuckiana homeless shelter.

It is happening at the Open Door of Hope in Shelbyville. It is the areas only homeless shelter for men, but not many people know that it is there.

That's why the organization is trying to spread the word and raise money to continue changing lives.

"Addiction was one and just some other things that are kind of personal," said Jeremiah Bowling, who is the in recovery program.

Bowling is in the middle of making the tough transition from substance abuse to clean and sober. He admits the addiction was taking him to a dark place.

"Either dead or in jail, honestly," he said.

But instead, Bowling is now in a transitional program at Open Door of Hope.

"We are able to house 12 men in our 30 day emergency shelter," said Jon Walker, executive director of Open Door of Hope.

Walker says the shelter is not about just giving homeless men a place to live. 

"We believe in a hand up, not a hand out."

That means the road to recovery is often bumpy.

"So there are some you just can't reach but we still continue to reach out to them, love on them, plant seeds," Walker said.

He explained for every one they can't reach, there are dozens more who get the message and make life-saving changes in just 30 days.

"And then we also offer a transitional program for a man that is really broken and doesn't have life skills that they can get involved in and do a six to nine month program where we teach them budgeting, cooking."

"Open Door of Hope is one of our ministry partners," said Pastor Blake Lawyer of Christ Community Church in Shelbyville.

Lawyer said the partnership makes his job of transforming lives a lot easier. 

"It allows us to know that we are coming from the same spot, we're on the same team."

But because its a faith-based organization, there's no federal or state funding. Which means the shelter needs help to develop and expand on the land next door.

"All of our funding right now is from our local community, family members, church groups ... We have a couple of organizations that donate to us regularly," Walker said.

Open Door of Hope is having a fundraiser this Saturday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. They're hoping people will stop by, tour the facility and leave a donation.

You can reach the shelter anytime at (502) 321-8118.

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