Homeless shelter's new paint job brings hope to residents

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:17pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:22pm

Tanya Hatfill lives at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter. She's excited about the makeover her new home is about to receive because of the Color Care Across America program.

"When you see things that are brighter, it gives you a brighter outlook," said Hatfill. "I think it's going to brighten my mood very much.”

The Color Care Across America program provides free paint for homeless shelters across the country, and St. Vincent de Paul in Baton Rouge won out for the most deserving shelter in the state.

"The program will brighten up the lives of the needy, the transient and homeless people who may not have been, had much and have not had a lot to smile about,” stated Mayor Kip Holden.

Tanya says she definitely didn't have much to smile before landing on the shelter's doorsteps just three days ago, but because of the help of everyone at the shelter, her life is definitely looking up.

"It saved my life. It saved from being on the street and the situation I was in. If it wasn't for these loving people and taking me in, I don't know where I'd be on the street… probably dead.”

Now that her life is heading in the right direction, she knows her future looks bright.

"They've given me hope. They've given me a positive attitude, (and) encouragement that I can still go forward."

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