New Directions Shelter

A homeless mother has moved toward financial self-sufficiency with the help of the New Directions Shelter in Des Shaniece arrived at the end of March last year. Her program manager helped her develop a resume that led to a job with Midwest Professional Staffing within her first two weeks at the shelter.

Shaniece saved $1,500 during her stay at the shelter to pay off fines that she owed to reinstate her driver’s license. By May of 2014 she was able to move to an apartment with a little financial assistance. She is enrolling in college to pursue her dreams of owning a home and running her own business.

The New Directions Shelter is a ministry of Hawthorn Hill with a mission “to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.” Apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches across the state of Iowa help to support this initiative.

Tim Shanahan, the executive director of Hawthorn Hill, reports that the New Direction Shelter was able to provide emergency shelter and support services for 428 homeless women and children in 2014, representing 135 different families and including 293 children.

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