Community Helping Faith Refuge

The community is rallying to support Faith Refuge. The facility is an offshoot of Faith Mission designed to provide a home for women, children and families in need. It is currently under construction, but nearing completion. Community members are working to raise money for the project as it enters the home stretch.

The current need is overwhelming the space. "There's a tremendous need because we have an overcrowding right now with women and children between our families and our single women that need housing," said Becky Browning of Faith Mission.

Several families are forced to share small accommodations. One room that appears to be several dozen feet square has three bunk beds and a crib. Six children and two adults call the cramped quarters home.

The new facility is rather large and will serve the needs for years to come. "Faith Refuge is almost there. We're under really good construction. We've gotten to the point where we have the roof, the walls, the out siding," said Browning.

The project is slated for completion around February 2012, but there's still some money needed. "We're having it to the point now where we are almost ready to say that we are completely done. We've had some increase in pricing in different materials so it has cost us more than we originally thought," Browning said.

Community members led by singer-songwriter Casie Luong and assisted by First Baptist Church and a host of sponsors are holding a benefit concert. The 2nd Annual "2 Can Share" show is being held Friday night at MSU's Akin Auditorium. All proceeds go to Faith Refuge.

Browning is greatly appreciative to the efforts. "Its a very exciting event, I think its wonderful that this community has come together with these different entities," she said.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids and children 5 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6