Valley Rescue announces big plans for new women and children's shelter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Valley Rescue Mission leaders are pleased to announce they are building a brand-new women and children's shelter opening in a few months.

At Valley Rescue, more than 200 women and children are turned away each month due to lack of space. There is also a 3-month wait for women to join one of the three free addiction recovery programs in the state of Georgia.

"When you have safe shelters for women and children, it gets them off the street. It lessens the crime, it prevents them from getting swept into a crime situation or becoming a victim of crime," said Mitzi Oxford; Development Director, Valley Rescue Mission

The fastest growing homeless population is a mother in her 20's with two children—with domestic and substance abuse being the main causes.

They ended the announcement with a prayer that they're able to give those women hope and a future.

"I'm just thankful to be here, I'm thankful to be a part of this ministry. It has changed my life."-said Michelle Amerson

The new shelter is located right next to its current women and children's shelter Damascus Way on 11th Avenue.

Construction is on time and they hope to be open no later than April or May.

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