[UPDATE] Hope House Providing Hope During Intense Cold

By: Jill Chandler; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Jill Chandler; Lanetra Bennett Email

UPDATE 12-14-2010

The Hope House's cold weather day shelter that we told you about last night is now up and running. And many say it's more than the blankets and heaters provided that's providing warmth. 17 people who showed up Tuesday (12-14) are thankful for it.

Tina Fisher says she's always in and out of the hospital. But, it's the out that poses the problem.

Fisher says, "We try to find a place to go where it's not windy, but, it's cold everywhere you go. We don't got nowhere to go. We freeze."

Fisher now has a place to go where she won't freeze.

Instead of fending for herself after having to leave the homeless shelter during the day, she can come to the Hope House on Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.

The owners of the halfway house wanted to provide a shelter for people in the daytime when it's extremely cold outside.

Anicia Zaporta is homeless and says, "It feels real good that somebody cares for us as a human being. They don't look at us down as trash or nothing like that. So, it feels really, really good."

Danny Heaberline and his wife placed a shed behind the Hope House.

It's only 12-feet by 22-feet. But, it's just right for those in need.

Dan Gonzales is also homeless and says, "I'm grateful. It's a small, little place, but, everybody's getting along. There's couches in here, it's warm, there's food."

The Heaberlines provide doughnuts and coffee in the morning and hot, cooked meals for lunch and dinner.

The shed is carpeted and lined with sofas,heaters, and companionship.

Mary Jacobs says, "I'm very grateful just to have a nice, warm place to stay during the day. I'm very happy to have everybody here as my new family."

Those at the Hope House can actually keep their blankets and take them back to homeless shelter with them, which they say they are also grateful for.

The owner says in order to continue to provide the assistance he needs assistance from the community.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Hope House's cold weather day shelter, should call 850-519-0956.

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Tallahassee, FL - Danny Heaberline and his wife Cha decided a few days ago that it was getting entirely too cold for homeless people to be on the streets in the daytime. They have decided to open up the shed in the back of the "Hope House" to give people a warm place to stay during the day

The Heaberlines have been preparing for days trying to get everything ready. As the temperatures get even lower tonight (12-13), they are ready for people to come hang out with them during the day tomorrow.

They painted and carpeted the shed behind their halfway house and equipped it with heaters and even couches so that people will feel at home.

Renovating the shed, and taking care of the 9 full-time residents in "The Hope House" has cost them more than they thought it would.

Danny Heaberlin says, "We've never recieved a penny from the city, state or government. We even have over the last 3 to 4 years men sentenced here.When they go to Leon County Jail they get money... somebody sends money.. when they come here it's like the city gets a free ride."

Tomorrow is a big day., since the Heaberlines say they can accomodate almost 15 people during the day. They will be serving coffee, donuts, and lunch to all of those who come by.

If you'd like to know more or lend a helping hand with the Hope House, head to http://www.hopehousemission.com/


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