Like an early Christmas gift, The Morrison House opened its doors to the public Wednesday. The former bed-and-breakfast at 107 W. Perry St. now offers transitional housing - and hope - for those who find themselves homeless.
But the facility is only meant to be a temporary solution. The Morrison House not only aims to treat the symptom, but find a "cure" for those who find themselves without the means to afford shelter. That goal is stated on its website:
"All residents will be subject to background screening and required to participate in ongoing programs to help re-establish themselves in the community as productive citizens."
Thus, a more permanent solution requires income. That's why increasing economic opportunities are crucial to our community. And why the challenge facing our leaders in Washington is an issue that will hit close to home.
While Morrison House is ready, more work remains to be done here in our county seat and in our nation's capital to lasting solutions to joblessness, homelessness and hopelessness.
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