PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A mission to help the homeless has a new home in Paducah.

Michele Thomas told The Paducah Sun ( that she thinks it was divine intervention. Thomas says Tent City Missions was looking for a new place to call home after city officials evicted homeless people from a camp it ran.

Thomas says the mission has rented a vacant church in the city and will use it as a resource center to provide services to those in need. She said the building will serve as a cooling center in the summer and a shelter from the cold in the winter.

"We can do almost anything from this building," Thomas said. "But it starts with getting people the right identification and helping them into assistance programs that are available. It's the very basics, just like we were doing in the woods."

Paducah officials abruptly broke up the homeless camp where tents were pitched last December after nearby residents complained. At the time, the camp had about 15 residents.

Thomas says the building needs some minor repair work, and she hoped to start on that soon.

"We are going to need to start planning some larger fundraisers as soon as possible so we can get moving on the church," Thomas said. "But it feels great to finally have somewhere as our home base."


Information from: The Paducah Sun,

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