WAYNESBORO, Pa. - New Hope Shelter always has been about fresh starts.
Waynesboro's year-round shelter for the homeless has given many new beginnings and gotten a few of its own.
The shelter now has another one with the hiring of a full-time director, local resident Jennalee "Jenna" Freeman.
"I have a background working with the homeless in Washington County, Md., through the Turning Points homeless outreach program and have a background in social work through Shippensburg (Pa.) University," Freeman said. "I wanted to work in my own community."
On Monday - her first day on the job - Freeman witnessed evidence of new hope when she shared in a shelter resident's excitement to learn she had secured Section 8 housing.
"In December, she moves into her own place," Freeman said.
New Hope Shelter, at 25 S. Potomac St., opened in the late 1990s. The local fire marshal closed it in September 2003 for code violations, then the shelter voluntarily was closed in the fall of 2005 for extensive renovations.