Arbor House Expected to Close Doors After Catholic Charities Ends Contract
Published January 23rd, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The Arbor House of Gainesville, a shelter serving homeless pregnant women in the area, is expected to shut its doors in a matter of weeks. This comes after Catholic Charities announced it will not renew its contract to manage the facility after it expires in March.
Arbor House was close to shutting down last year after funds ran dry. But that's when Catholic Charities stepped in and agreed to manage the the shelter for one year.
Officials from Catholic Charities say they were hoping the deal could generate more donations and grants for Arbor House, but that never panned out. It costs $250,000 a year to keep the shelter open. It currently serves five women, three of whom have babies living with them at the facility.
Catholic Charities' officials say they are working with all five women to help transition them out of the Arbor House, and are helping them find another safe and secure home.
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