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Hearts for Homeless Opens Its Doors

The new group opened two weeks ago and say so far, the experience has been rewarding.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - A new organization called Hearts for Homeless has opened its doors to help get homeless people off of the streets in the bitter cold.

The shelter opened two weeks ago and sees about 12 to 15 people a day. They're a day-time shelter open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.

One woman who uses the shelter says it has truly saved her life.

"If it wasn't for all of these people and what they're trying to do, I would be dead," Georgia Goodhart-Rouse said.

It's a reality that has taken Georgia some getting used to.

"I went from being married, to having a family, to having nothing," she said.

After 21 years of marriage, she's on her own and it's a reality so many others are dealing with, too.

"It happens all across America, all across the world, every day," Georgia said.

She visits Hearts for Homeless each day to escape the brutal cold.

"Some people, this is a way of life," Georgia said. "There is one gentleman who's done it for 30 years and he prefers it. You do what you can, when you can, however you can."

Georgia thanks Ginny Poorman for the help.

"Ginny has put food in my mouth, clothes on my back, given me money for medication, brand new boots that I needed," she said.

It's something Poorman is happy to do.

"It has been really good," Poorman, Director of Hearts for Homeless, said. "I don't think a lot of the volunteers expected it to be as fun as it is. A lot of the volunteers look forward to coming down here."

About 30 volunteers are helping out at Hearts for Homeless. Poorman says many more are welcome and needed. So far, the group has helped two people find jobs and others find medical help.

It's a place those without homes can come find one.

"They come in and out," Poorman said. "Some of them just come in and eat. Some are teenagers, others early 40s and 50s."

The group is in need of monetary donations. To learn how you can help, visit the Hearts for Homeless website.
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