On his own, man working to open homeless shelter in Limestone County

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Noah Sawyer hopes to turn this old house on Hwy. 72 in Limestone County into a homeless shelter. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Noah Sawyer says he got a taste of what it’s like to be homeless, after his home was hit by a tornado several years ago. Since then its been his dream to open a homeless shelter somewhere in Limestone County. His dream may become a reality.

Sawyer walks through the old house that he tells us he has leased, looking at what needs to be done. There’s a lot that needs to be done.

“Because everyone in Limestone County has to go to a different county to stay, different homeless shelter. There’s nothing here for them,” Sawyer explains.

Sawyer has taken the project on himself, and says its overwhelming. The house needs some repairs. There’s flooring in the kitchen that needs some attention, and then he says he’ll have to find a way to furnish the place.

“And plus we need a little electric work and the kitchen floor work and some linoleum put down, and we need appliances,” he says.

And beds and linens, a table and chairs, a washer and dryer, and you name it, and Sawyer says he needs it. He envisions a place where a family down on their luck might briefly stay, as well as the transient who just needs a place for the night. Sawyer says he believes the area needs his Saving Grace Shelter, and he says he needs some help in making it happen.

“I need someone out there that would help me. You know what I’m saying.”

Sawyer says he’s asking for help so that he might help others.

If you’re so inclined, the shelter is located just past the Ghost Town Flea Market on Highway 72 in Limestone County. Sawyer’s cell phone number is 256-497-3368.

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