HIGH POINT — A High Point church has an ambitious plan to help the homeless and is seeking to enlist the city as a “partner” in the endeavor.
Created for His Glory Ministries Senior Pastor Kevin Sanders told a City Council committee Tuesday that he hopes to start construction on a day center at 210 Oakwood St. in March.
The 4,400-square-foot building would include locker rooms, showers and laundry facilities for homeless men and women, as well as classrooms and a computer lab.
Sanders said his goal is for the facility to serve about 50 people a day.
“We noticed a lot of homeless individuals in parking lots, at the library and different areas. They lack clothing and hygiene items,” Sanders said. “We want to do a community center to provide showers for these individuals, take basic skill classes, change clothes, make them productive citizens of High Point.”
The day center site is behind his church at 211 N. Lindsay St. The church owns the property.
Sanders said it will cost an estimated $600,000 to construct the day center and a donor has committed to providing half this amount.
The donor, he said, covered the cost of the construction blueprints for the project, which came to $33,000.
“We’re moving forward on this and we want the city to partner with us,” he told the committee. “We’ve secured half the funding.”
The building plans have been through the city’s technical review process, but officials cautioned that no public funds have been committed for construction or operating costs of the proposed day center.
Sanders has talked with city representatives about the possibility of using federal COVID-relief funds for the project, but nothing has been solidified.
“If we have to wait for the city, we’ll wait,” he said.
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