"We're hoping to start the renovations within 30 days."
David Case is getting ready to transform an old church into a facility for women in need.
Case, founder of the Omega Project, has been working for three years to raise necessary funding to renovate a church at 201 S. Chestnut St. into a women's shelter and recovery home, offering a temporary home for homeless women and children as well as a place for women to stay while they put their lives in order.
So far, he has raised $200,000, enough to get renovations underway, but it will take $150,000 more to complete the project.
"We have the architecture done, and there's just a few final things to do before we have the permits in hand," Case said. "We're hoping to start the renovations within 30 days."
Upon completion, the new facility will be able to house three sets of homeless women and children on its first floor, and seven women in its second-floor recovery program.
The recovery program is similar to the Omega Project that serves men in McPherson County who need help to get their lives in order. To date, the Omega Project has served 400 men. It has helped 53 men in the last year, who have since paid $25,397 in child support and $18,197 in fines and back bills, as well as completed 2,000 volunteer hours in the community.
Case wants to help women as well, but better facilities are required. While the Omega Project has the capacity for 20 men at once, it can only assist four women. The new shelter will increase that to 11 women, as well as provide a place for homeless women and children to stay on a short-term basis.
"The need in our community is overwhelming," Case said. "We turn down an average of nine men each month, and the same is true on the women's side."
In addition to financial help, the project is also seeking volunteers to help with construction, material donations, and eventually mentors to work with Omega Project clients.
Those interested in learning more can attend an informational meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at Knackies, 111 S. Maple St., McPherson.
"There's still a tall task before us," Case said. "We do have some gifts committed toward that final $150,000, and we hope to raise the rest in a timely fashion."
For more information or to RSVP for an informational meeting, call 620-241-1371.