New shelter opens in Olney

OLNEY, TX (KAUZ) - A new shelter in Young County is celebrating its accomplishments with a ribbon cutting on Friday.

The House of Mercy Enterprises in Olney aims to help people who have been impacted by homelessness, abuse and poverty.

They are a Christ-centered nonprofit organization that focuses on giving a temporary home for those in need. They are the only shelter in Olney and one of two in the County.

Bill Wadley, the shelter's administrator, said all the rooms were remodeled and furnished by local organizations and churches who wanted to step in and help.

"We have approximately 25 rooms," Wadley said. "Depending on the rooms, some will house three people and some will house one."

Other than providing a place to stay they also offer several classes for residents.

"Carpentry, plumbing, electrical classes. For ladies we will have computer classes and sewing classes," Wadley said.

They also offer Bible study every morning.

Something Michael Larance, a resident, said he is grateful for.

"I've struggled with drugs a lot," Larance said. "My attitude and all that has changed and I owe that to God. I feel like God brought me here for a reason."

House of Mercy also has a thrift store inside the building and all proceeds help fund the center.

Any donations can be mailed to the House of Mercy Enterprises at 1302 W. Payne St. Olney, TX 76374.

The ribbon cutting is being held at the shelter on Friday at 5 p.m. A dinner is also being served at 6 p.m. for volunteers and board members who helped bring this project to life.

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