LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Christian Care Center is nearly ready to provide food and shelter to those in need.
The emergency shelter and soup kitchen has been taking shape on East Second Street since ground was broken in July 2014.
Although no official date has been set to open the facility to the public, city Planning Director Brandon Love said the project is “right there near the end.”
Most of the work left involves putting the final touches on the building and equipping it. A progress meeting was held on Wednesday to update those involved in the process.
This week, crews were working to lay tiles in the facility and paint the walls. Furniture and kitchen equipment has begun to arrive, and the shelter’s beds are slated to be delivered in the next couple of weeks.
As soon as they can, city crews will pave a parking lot at the sunny yellow facility and work on landscaping. According to Love, a local landscaping company has agreed to donate some of the materials.
The facility will sleep about 20 people, whether they are homeless, the victims of a disaster, or passing through town and suddenly without money for a place to stay. A dining area will seat 100, and delivery trucks will be able to pull up on First Street to unload goods into large food storage and prep areas.
The center is re-locating its services from its home for 29 years on East First Street. That facility fed about 2,000 people each month through its soup kitchen but it has been in disrepair for years.
The project was awarded more than $1.1 million in grants. Wooten Company, which did the design work, donated to the effort, as have guests at the East First Street location.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.