POSTED: Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 3:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Dozens of homeless men in Baton Rouge have a new place to get some rest and start to get back on right track. The homeless shelter has been in the planning stages for years.
"We don't give a handout. We give hand ups of hope and compassion. We work real hard at that. People that want a hand up we're here for them," says Michael Acaldo from St. Vincent De Paul.
That hand up comes in the form of more than 30 beds. This is a number that could double if a hurricane or another emergency hit the Capitol City. And it's a shelter that couldn't come quickly enough with men suffering more than any other from this hardship.
"A new shelter for homeless right here that’s the largest segment of the homeless population and we're blessed to be here serving that population," says Acaldo.
And there's another benefit to the shelter too. It frees up Saint Vincent De Paul to start construction on a family shelter nearby. It’s a need that's nearly as great.
"The guys and the ladies that participate in our programs that are interested in that hand up they do a phenomenal job and they get out and they become self-sufficient and it's such an uplifting experience to be a part of that," states Acaldo.
It’s an experience that 31 men will now get to take part in.