By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE — Since announcing plans to build a women’s shelter in Middleburg several months ago, volunteers have been accepting donations of cash and furniture and fielding calls from community members interested in By Grace Women’s Transitional Home opening date.
“We hope in 2014,” is the answer co-organizer Catherine Flather is giving.
The group is currently renovating the second floor at 8 E. Oak Avenue in Middleburg where 14 rooms will be available to displaced women between the ages of 17 and 27 and their families. Susquehanna University has donated 14 bedroom sets.
The women will be offered temporary housing for up to 23 months as they receive life-skills training, including employment opportunities at the thrift store and catering business operated by the volunteers.
A fund-raiser is planned for Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at KidsGrove on Sassafras Street in Selinsgrove, including a car show, motorcycle run, auction, children’s beauty pageant, live music, food and more.
Flather said the goal is to raise $10,000 for 21 new windows.
The event has attracted 20 volunteers from Susquehanna University and Flather said she hopes it will draw 500 attendees. Organizers are requesting a $5 donation from adults and children may attend free of charge.