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Waynesboro shelter reopens

January 24, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- When the New Hope Shelter reopened Jan. 12, it welcomed two adults and two children to its rooms.

That number since has grown to an average of 12 residents per night. As of early last week, the shelter population included three mothers with two children each.

Donna Awe, who has been working as the shelter's office manager, made chicken potpie and meatloaf last weekend, generating rave reviews from the residents. The shelter is in need of "just anything as far as food is concerned," she said.

Donations of perishables including hamburger, eggs and chicken always are appreciated, Awe said.

The shelter has had relatively smooth sailing since reopening after last April's arson fire, Awe said.

"We had a busted water pipe, but they got that fixed," she said.

An open house was held Saturday at the shelter, which is at 25 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro. The shelter's phone number is 717-762-5840.

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-- Jennifer Fitch

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