Grace Center set to open new shelter in Ardmore
ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Ardmore's Grace Center temporarily closed its doors in January 2022 to create a new plan to better serve the city's homeless population.
Now, one year later, the center is continuing to implement this plan at a new location.
With the help of staff and local volunteers, the center is preparing a new overnight shelter at its new building at the corner of 12th Avenue Northwest and Wolverton Street.
“I love the new location,” said executive director Linda Heitman. “It is perfect for us, because it has the rooms that we need. And so we will be accepting men, women, and we have one room set aside for a family.”
The overnight shelter will be equipped with enough beds and space for 40 people.
“This is actually a warm, comfortable place with a shower, '' said United Country Real Estate managing broker and volunteer Marcus Cunningham. “It’s basically impossible for any homeless person to get ahead without basic necessities met, so this is just a really great place to do that, and it’s real important for the community.”
With the shelter set to open next Monday, the center is asking for donations of supplies.
“Everything that’s in your kitchen, we need. We need silverware; we need kitchen towels; potholders; serving utensils; spices; food — you know, we need everything," Heitman said. “It’s been a really busy three months, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m so excited.”
All donations can be brought to the new Grace Center location at 691 12th Avenue Northwest in Ardmore.