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Homeless shelter for women and children getting outside makeover

ROCK ISLAND -- A Rock Island shelter that helps homeless women and children has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help give the place an outside makeover.

The St. Joseph the Worker House on 20th Street will use the money to get the more than century old home some new siding.

"We sincerely thank the Regional Development Authority for awarding us this generous grant," said Ann Ring, Executive Director of St. Joseph the Worker House.

"Having a beautiful home setting where women can work toward getting back on their feet is what makes us unique," she said.

"We are definitely in the Christmas spirit, with the $20,000 grant," Ring said.

The shelter offers transitional housing and connects the women and children with social services to help assist families in crisis.

It relies solely on donations, grants, and volunteers. Their next goal is to add toys and games and an area rug in their children's play room.

St. Joseph the Worker House and Heart of Hope Ministries are holding a donation drive and Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 2-5pm.

Some immediate needs include bath towels, razors, deodorant, cleaning supplies, and blankets.