New Directions re-opens family homeless shelter in Myrtle Beach

New Directions re-opens family homeless shelter in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The New Directions homeless shelter re-opened Thursday morning in Myrtle Beach.

A ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremony was held at 10 a.m. for the 55-bed family shelter, located at 975 Campbell Street in Myrtle Beach. New Directions serves all of the area's homeless, including men, women, and families with children, according to a news release from the organization.

To date, New Directions has provided food, shelter and case management assistance for 88 families, and 265 homeless men, women and children, the release states. This equates to over 17,000 night safe and off the streets. Fifty-six of these families have successfully transitioned to a stable housing situation.

"Being able to extend our services to homeless families in our community has dramatically increased the resources available to help families in need...It is hard to understand how a shelter can actually become home to so many families until you see it for yourself," said Executive Director, Kathy Jenkins. "With the addition of New Directions for Families, we are now able to provide services for anyone who is homeless in this community. During 2016, we assisted 1,251 homeless men, women, and families providing over 67,000 nights safe off the streets."

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