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New Women's Shelter Planning To Build

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A Kalispell group is trying to open a shelter for women and children.

This would be only the second home of its kind in the Valley.

Donations are already pouring in, but they still have a ways to go.

Ray of Hope takes in all kinds of people who are down on their luck, like Clifford Moyers. Moyers moved here from the south and found himself running low on funds.

"With the resources I had here I was able to find work and get a job and now I'm in the process of building my savings," said Moyers.

An anonymous donor has given up a piece of land that's right next door to the nonprofit. They're hoping to demolish the run down home on the property now and build a shelter just for women and children. Delta Brennan is going to be the new home's director.

"I kind of just came here to help, just to fill that void or whatever, but the longer I'm here and the more I see, it really opened my eyes," explained Brennan.

Brennan says she has been in an abusive relationship before and knows the Valley needs to give women in need more help. They estimate this new space will add seven bedrooms. That's enough for about six moms and their kids.

"I am super excited," said Brennan, "I'm nervous. I'm nervous because you know I want to make sure that I'm effective and that I can help people. That's what really scares me a little bit."

They're looking to get approval from the Kalispell planning board sometime in the next thirty days. Later this week, they'll set a date for the demolition.

Brennan says the only reason Ray of Hope is still standing today is because of help from the community.

"I'll be willing 100% to do whatever I need. You know, any type of labor, any way I can help at all to do my part," said Moyers.

When the old structure comes down, there's going to be a lot more debris around. That's why they're still looking for donations and volunteers to do anything from put up a wall, to just picking up a shovel.

If you want to lend a hand, check out Ray of Hope's web site and Facebook page.

You can also call 406.755.4673.

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