On a sunny day in June, the Midlands Housing Alliance (MHA) opened the doors of its new $15 million Main St. facility, Transitions, to the public after years of hard work on behalf of the business community, local government, non-profit organizations and many others.
That day, the center was filled with members of the MHA, media, friends, family, and the people who would be using these services to change their lives.
Larry Arney, MHA executive director, began the ceremony then offered the stage the Homeless Helping Homeless Chorus. The three men sang two spirituals, celebrating their lives and the people who have been apart of them.
MHA chair, Cathy Novinger, made remarks and beamed with joy as she talked about how proud she was of the MHA and the community for creating such a great place to benefit others.
Following the program, representatives from the community groups came together for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which then allowed guests to tour the facility.
The center, built to accommodate about 200 men and women, offers emergency overnight housing, programs for resume and occupational assistance as well as help to find permanent housing. The facilities unique features are its day center and respite care. The day center gives people a place to relax out of the heat and has computers, showers, couches and places to eat. Respite care allows those who are in the hospital a place to be discharged where nurses can tend to them and make sure they are sticking with their treatments and taking their medications. There is also a beautiful outdoor space with a large courtyard, a garden and mural. Above all, Transitions offers men and women a place where they can receive the tools and support they need to transform their lives.