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.