Today, Bishop Michael Duca led community leaders in cutting the ribbon of our newly completed Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter Expansion Project. The expansion of 46 beds opened about a year ago. It has served hundreds of homeless mothers and children, fathers and children, and couples with children. Community support has kept hope alive for these homeless families who had nowhere else to turn. This project was funded privately by individuals, the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
In addition, Bishop Michael Duca, Bishop Robert Muench, and community leaders broke ground today on a new addition to the shelter facility which once completed will increase the number of homeless individuals and families served during the day, and we can convert this new building into a 36-bed night shelter for the homeless during emergencies and disasters, such as freeze nights, hurricanes and floods. In 2018, the Broome Administration awarded St. Vincent de Paul a $1 million HUD Disaster Recovery Grant to expand our facility.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Leadership has been working hard with city and state officials on this new project. This project went out to bid earlier this year, and came in $196,000 over budget. Taking a leap of faith, St. Vincent de Paul is moving forward with the project. If you would like to help us raise the remaining funding we need for this project, you can make a online gift today by clicking here!