MUST Ministries celebrated the upcoming construction of a new campus expected to open in early 2022 that will increase shelter capacity and host a range of other services. The campus, at 1260 North Cobb Parkway, will increase capacity from 72 beds at its current shelter to 136 plus an additional 36 "flex" beds in the case of inclement weather or temporary housing while people wait for approval into the shelter program.
The main, two-story building to be built by Batson-Cook Construction will include the shelter, a community kitchen, a chapel, workforce development and training areas. The existing building on the site will be renovated into a health clinic and offices. The whole campus will be on just over 6 acres on the corner of Cobb Parkway and Bells Ferry Road.
Beth Carter, a spokeswoman for MUST, said the new facility is scheduled to break ground in January, and the target for the campus' soft opening is December 2021 with a grand opening in January 2022.
Dwight "Ike" Reighard, CEO of MUST Ministries, said the expanded shelter and campus is coming at a time when the nonprofit's services are neededmore than ever. Normally, MUST serves about 33,500 people a year. This year, they have served over 125,000.
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