Family Promise opens new shelter to the public

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- After months of construction, Family Promise of Bryan-College Station has opened their doors. The group turned a vacant Bryan ISD elementary school into a shelter for families.

"In our older model, we were open 8 to 5 every day and then the churches kept the families at night. The families would move every evening to the church of the week for a week at a time, but now we get to provide a place for them to stay for up to 90 days until we can find them a permanent home," said Phebe Simmons, the Executive Director of Family Promise.

According to Simmons, the building houses up to 24 families and has three rooms.

"It is officially open to families with children under the age of 18. We finally got to move into this building, all thanks to the organizations who sponsor the rooms, because without them we wouldn't have been able to make this happen," said Simmons.

Local churches, businesses and organizations sponsored a room and were responsible for providing all the decor, furniture and bedding. Family Promise raised the money for the beds and mattresses.

"I saw this years ago, I didn't know how it would happen, but I saw this coming together. When you say how does this make me feel, absolutely like a miracle has happened for the families that we served here ," said Simmons.