Chattooga resource center feeds community, plans shelter expansion

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Center executive director Angela Hutchins talks about proposed bedroom spaces at the Community Resource Center of Chattooga in Summerville, Ga. on Monday, September 19, 2022.

The rising need from the pandemic, inflation and flooding hasn't stopped organizers at a food bank in Chattooga County -- and through it all, they're planning another community service: a woman's shelter.

The Community Resource Center of Chattooga has been running a food bank in Summerville for eight years, Angie Hutchins, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said in a phone interview. Esther Manor is the organization's next step: an eight-bed women's shelter planned for a building that used to be the county's homeless shelter.

"My husband and I have been foster parents for 17 years in the county, and a lot of the kids we have are the older teenagers," Hutchins said. "Since there's a lot of women involved in the ministry, we just stuck with teenage girls."

Kaitlyn Fuller is a volunteer with the organization.