The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 23, 2013

16 work to shelter women in need

14-bedroom Middleburg effort ready in 8 months

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

MIDDLEBURG — MIDDLEBURG — Converting the vast and vacant second floor of a Middleburg thrift shop into a women’s shelter has been a community affair.

For volunteer Travis Dillman, it’s also a labor of love.

“It’s actually sad,” he said. “I know people who will use it.”

The By Grace Women’s Transitional Home project at 8 E. Oak Ave. was spearheaded more than a year ago by Grace Covenant Community Church members, who established the faith-based, nonprofit organization to create temporary housing for women ages 17 to 27 and their families and to provide life-skills training.

Volunteer Catherine Flather said the goal is to complete construction of the 14-bedroom residence by mid-2014.

Dillman and about 15 other volunteers have begun hanging drywall in the home, a project expected to be completed in several weeks.

The drywall, like much of the other materials and home furnishings, has been donated or purchased with financial contributions or money raised through a number of fund-raisers.

The group is also selling $5 raffle tickets for 100 gallons of home heating oil donated by Affordable Fuels in Middleburg to raise money for new wiring.

The tickets are on sale through Thanksgiving at the thrift store managed by the nonprofit group at 8 E. Oak Ave. The drawing will be held Friday.