Posted: Sep 5, 2012 6:42 PM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 11:25 AM
The homeless in Acadiana are being offered a place to get off the street, temporarily, each day. The Stella Maris Center is located on St. Joseph's street and will be dedicated September 7 by the Catholic Church, it's something those in need we're desperate for.
"Our goal is to house the homeless and to improve their lives and to improve their health," said Kimberly Boudreaux with Lafayette Catholic Service Center.
The facility allows the homeless to bathe, do laundry and take care of other basic hygiene needs. Before, those living on the streets needed to get creative to stay clean.
"Many of the street homeless were showering and bathing behind our dumpster at St.Joseph. There were soap and towels behind the dumpster," said Boudreaux.
The new facility opened in July... but will be dedicated Friday. It's a joint effort by Lafayette Catholic Services, the Veteran's Administration and UL's nursing program.
"We're just so grateful the support the community has given us to make this a reality and without the support and generosity and compassion individuals living in our community this would not be possible," said Boudreaux.
The facility will also connect the homeless with other resources to hopefully help them become more self-sufficient.