Our mission is to restore people to a healthy place in the community by providing a safe haven for the homeless and extending dignity and hope through services which are a reflection of God’s love and grace.
Our dream for a shelter to house 16 men became a reality Fall of 2016. The new 4,550-square-foot shelter allows us to offer guests every opportunity to build their best future through adequate facilities, new and enhanced education and training programs, on-site collaboration with other agencies, and so much more. We work one-on-one with each guest to navigate individual challenges and accomplish stability.
RUTH AND NAOMI PROJECT
You can be a part of our exciting next step. We are in the beginning stages of fundraising to open Women’s Shelter, with space for women and children. We are seeking financial and in-kind contributions for this campaign. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from changing the lives of others, many of whom would otherwise be overlooked, you can choose to name a portion of the new Women’s Shelter after yourself or in honor or memory of loved ones. We would love to discuss additional options for specific amounts you may have in mind. There are 4 beds for women at the Salvation Army, which is an emergency shelter. There are also potentially beds at Hospitality House, however, those are held for victims of domestic violence.
"Our goal of restoring people to a healthy place in the community is about the biblical concept of redemption. Jesus said, “When you have done it for the least of these my children, you have done for me” (Matt 25:40) Our hope here is that people will have their human needs met with an understanding that it's from the hands of Christ.” -William S. Davies
Our founder, Susan S. Seagraves, began the shelter by collecting one dollar bills from people in the community to gauge interest and support. She opened the doors in October 2003 and named the shelter in honor of her dear friend and mentor, William S. Davies. We have been blessed to positively impact the lives of our guests, helping them succeed and become self-sufficient, contributing citizens since 2003 as an entirely community supported program. We exist solely as evidence of the deep love and compassion Romans have for their neighbors. All we can say is, "Thank you"
Our program meets the vital need in our community for a transitional shelter: the gap between an emergency shelter, a program focused on getting people into a safe environment, where they work towards stability. The new shelter allows appropriate space and privacy for longer stays, alleviating stress and ensuring dignity. It includes meeting and work spaces for a more intensive, holistic approach that recognizes guests as unique individuals, allowing us to more efficiently and effectively assess, meet needs, and increase success.