Last updated: May 01. 2014 1:40PM - 464 Views
By Karen Kissiah kkissiah@civitasmedia.com



Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleRooms like these, once doctor's office examining rooms, will soon welcome the homeless a comfortable night's rest at Cheraw's first homeless shelter at 34 Foundry Hill Road.
Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleRooms like these, once doctor's office examining rooms, will soon welcome the homeless a comfortable night's rest at Cheraw's first homeless shelter at 34 Foundry Hill Road.
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Cheraw’s first homeless shelter will open its doors to those in need this weekend.


The facility, located at 34 Foundry Hill Road, will be called His Hands and Feet.


Examining rooms, originally used by the late Dr. James “Jim” Thrailkill, have been converted to nine small bedrooms, with a sink, counter and storage space. A row of familiar looking table booths line one wall of the front lobby, a donation from the former J&K Restaurant. The kitchen is complete with washer and dryer. New windows, complete with screens, have been installed in each of the bed rooms.


Volunteers for His Hands and Feet, and church members from all over town have organized efforts to paint, furnish and prepare the rooms. Life long resident and community volunteer Roger Owens was there this week, painting.


“There’s plenty more to be done, but it’s going to be nice,” Owens said.


Those staying in the facility will be able to cook their own meals, but their stay will be limited.


The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for the facility at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Dr. Gabe Simpson heads the mission effort to aid the homeless. The new shelter is next door to the Mercy in Me Clinic that Simpson was instrumental in opening several years ago.


— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.


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