RHI seeks help find­ing new home af­ter roof leak

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive should be cel­e­brat­ing their first an­niver­sary this month with con­tin­ued hopes of suc­cess in help­ing peo­ple get back on their feet in the com­ing year at their Re­source Cen­ter on South Mar­ble Street.

In­stead, they are scram­bling to find a new home some­where in the area as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der to con­tinue their mis­sion help­ing peo­ple.

RHI Board Mem­ber Vic­to­ria Mill­hol­lan said the or­ga­ni­za­tion has boxed up and cov­ered as much of their sup­plies as they can af­ter a roof leak was dis­cov­ered the week­end of April 6 and 7 which caused wa­ter dam­age in key ar­eas of their cen­ter. Their bath­room, sup­ply closet and an area they setup for cots to al­low for clients at the Re­source Cen­ter to take day­time naps all saw wa­ter leaks from the roof in re­cent days.

“We’re try­ing to pro­tect ev­ery­thing,” Mill­hol­lan said. “We’ve tarped ev­ery­thing, and the tubs of our sup­plies have tarps cov­er­ing them as well.”

She ex­plained that roof work on a neigh­bor­ing build­ing pushed wa­ter onto the roof of their build­ing dur­ing an early April rain­storm, and the leaks came pour­ing into the re­source

cen­ter and down the walls. Ceil­ing tiles fell in, wa­ter soaked their car­pet and made the cen­ter not safe for their clients to stay in­side.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced their clo­sure for the time be­ing to the public on April 7.

For the time be­ing, Mill­hol­lan said that they are go­ing to cut down their avail­abil­ity to the com­mu­nity to two days a week, and only a cou­ple hours at a time where they will hand out sup­plies out­side of their Re­source Cen­ter, but won’t al­low any­one in.

“We can’t have any­one in the cen­ter be­cause it is un­safe,” Mill­hol­lan said.

She added that an ac­tive search is un­der­way now for a new lo­ca­tion, though the ini­tial re­sponse of vol­un­teer ef­forts to find a place to rent have been un­suc­cess­ful. Mill­hol­lan asked that any­one who knows of a space they may be able to take over ei­ther tem­po­rar­ily or on a per­ma­nent ba­sis should call her at 770-900-3699.

She ad­di­tion­ally is hope­ful that repairs might be made to the build­ing soon and they may be able to con­tinue op­er­a­tions with­out hav­ing to move, but said no timetable was im­me­di­ately avail­able at mid­week.

The Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues on­ward de­spite their re­cent set­back through do­na­tions fi­nan­cially and of sup­plies en­tirely through the com­mu­nity. Mill­hol­lan said those in­ter­ested in help­ing can find more in­for­ma­tion at their Face­book page, face­book.com/ RHI.NFP/.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion looked to cel­e­brate their first an­niver­sary within their re­source cen­ter this month af­ter they first opened to those in need of help on April 20, 2018. They had over the year ex­panded their ser­vice hours a few days a week at a time.

RHI also part­nered with {span}Abun­dant Life Com­mu­nity Cen­ter to pro­vide a Cold Weather Shel­ter in the Rock­mart area for those who are home­less and with­out any warm place to stay on nights where tem­per­a­tures dipped well below freez­ing.

Con­trib­uted by rhi

Ceil­ing tiles were wa­ter­logged and fall­ing down af­ter a roof leak was dis­cov­ered at the Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive in re­cent days.

Con­trib­uted by rhi

Roof leaks at the Rock­mart Home­less Ini­tia­tive has forced the or­ga­ni­za­tion to shut down their down­town Rock­mart of­fices.

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