GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A shelter housing 80 men will be able to stay open after tens of thousands of dollars in funds were raised before the end of the year.
Exodus Place offers housing for veterans and men convicted of sexual assault. The shelter was told it needed to pay nearly $40,000 in acquired back taxes by the end of year or Kent County would take back ownership.
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That's when the shelter started a fundraising campaign among its residents and the community. After an outpouring of support, Exodus Place was able to tell their residents the good news Friday.
"A lot of the guys were concerned because they didn't have a place to go, so when I informed them we'd be staying open, you can just imagine the smiles and relief on their faces," said Keith Reid. "It was just an overwhelming show of support here in Grand Rapids and throughout the state of Michigan. I got several phone calls tons and tons of people that were interested in helping us out and making sure this building stays open."
Managers say two donors wrote checks for $15,000 after touring the building on Christmas Eve.