Lack of funding closes Gaston homeless shelter

08/19/2014 2:37 PM

08/19/2014 2:38 PM

The director of a homeless shelter that has operated in Gastonia for 11 years announced Tuesday that the facility is shutting down due to lack of funding.

As One Ministries, which operated at 805-A West Airline Ave., has been unable to line up funding, according to Executive Director Angela Dreher.

“All efforts to raise additional funding over the past few months have been unsuccessful, and we cannot continue operating with a deficit,” Dreher said in a note to the community.

Dreher said As One Ministries has served more than 5,000 homeless men, women and children in its decade-plus of operation. She said the ministry was unable to land local, state and federal funding for the day shelter and has relied on donations and grants.

But, Dreher said, donations have decreased considerably in the past two years. “We are no longer able to pay staff, utilities and other expenses,” said Dreher, adding that she has not been paid since June. “And as of today, our utilities are scheduled to be cut off.”

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