STAUNTON -- The Valley Mission in Staunton is expanding to help more families who need it most. Building renovations could keep families together.
Heather Mays, her two children and husband lived in hotel rooms until they found the Valley Mission.
“When you're going through something rough like this, being in a homeless shelter, you want to be with your family. That made me very happy that I could be with them,” said Mays.
Her family fell on hard times, but the Valley Mission eased her family's struggles. It's renovating rooms to accommodate more families.
“I'm happy that we can all be together. It would be really rough not being together. I'm glad the room is big enough for all of us to fit in.”
Volunteers, grant money and donations made the renovations possible. That's what's keeping Mays' family together.
“It's not always about I want, I want, it's about, I have somewhere to stay. I have somewhere to sleep and to eat.”
Mays hopes her young children learn a lesson about generosity while they're at the shelter.
“Even though we're still going through a really tough time, Mommy and Daddy still love them and still care for them very much," said Mays. "I hope that they learn to appreciate the things they have.”
Mays' family could have been split up, so she is glad the renovations will help more families like hers.
“I'm really thankful for this place. If it wasn't for this place, I don't know where we would have gone or what we would have done.”
The Valley Mission also has some separate dorms for men and women. Renovations on the family dorms are expected to be complete this spring.
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