Providing Shelter

Providing Shelter

Shelter Provides Hope to Homeless Women

Mary’s House of Hope has transformed from a rundown house to a two-story facility for women who are pregnant and homeless, opening its doors May 12.

The Good Shepherd Alliance and a number of community supporters broke ground for a new shelter in Purcellville Nov. 4, 2006.

The Good Shepherd Alliance leased the Purcellville home with support from the House of Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grants administered by the Department of Family Services.

Mary’s House of Hope, located at 783 South 20th St., in Purcellville, opened Saturday for women who are pregnant, or who have just given birth, and need assistance.

Mary’s House of Hope is one of the Good Shepherd Alliance’s several transitional homes, but it is the only one of its kind in the county, designed exclusively for pregnant women in crisis and in need of a home.

The nonprofit organization will provide shelter, counseling, education and support to homeless women who are pregnant, said Mark Gunderman, vice chairman of the Good Shepherd Alliance board of directors.