Rescue mission from Durham will be operator of former ACTS facility
DURHAM — The board of directors for Area Christians in Service Together has accepted the Durham Rescue Mission’s offer to purchase the former shelter for domestic violence survivors.
Ernie Mills, the CEO of the Durham Rescue Mission, said Monday his offer of $15,000 was accepted and the deal could be closed as soon as Wednesday. The facility is located on North Beckford Drive and its future use, according to Mills, is still uncertain.
While residents wait to hear what the new facility will house, some directors of local domestic violence shelters indicate that one less shelter has put strain on neighboring facilities to provide for Henderson residents.
ACTS closed its shelter at the end of July, citing costs associated with running Heart’s Haven and providing its core domestic violence services against decreased federal and state funding.
Dorothy Hunt, executive director of Life Line Outreach Inc., said her shelter has taken in some of the women who were living at Heart’s Haven.
“There is nowhere for these women to go,” said Hunt, who founded Life Line Outreach in 1998. Her organization is the only remaining women’s shelter in Henderson.
Hunt said her shelter can hold up to 32 women and children at a time, and currently there are five mothers, eight children and 12 single women living at the facility.
Life Line receives some federal and local grant money, Hunt said, but her organization is funded primarily through contributions from churches and individuals.
Angela Harris, executive director of Harbor House in Oxford, said her 11-person women’s shelter and five-person men’s shelter has seen an increase in Henderson residents since the beginning of the month.
The transitional shelter for men, women and children can house people for up to 90 days.
At the Durham Rescue Mission’s shelters, Mills said his organization helps to rehabilitate men and women from Henderson.
Deforest and Shirley Henderson came to the Durham Rescue Mission from Henderson after years of struggling with drug addiction.
After spending 18 months in the Durham shelter, the Hendersons are drug-free and employed at the Durham Rescue Mission.
“You don’t have to be on drugs to get help from here,” Deforest said. “You can be homeless or come in just looking for a bed.”
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