Shepherd's Cove, an organization in Elkhart helps people who may not be able to normally afford clothing or furniture, opened their doors on Sunday to the public because they need help themselves with something that's hard for them to afford- a new roof.
"I cannot tell you how many leaks. It was raining inside!" Director Sharlee Morain
The customers don't notice the problem as much.
"A lot of the damage is farther back where the clients don't go." Volunteer Melissa Searcy said.
But that doesn't mean there isn't a need for the repair.
"The building was donated to us and we knew that there were roof issues," Morain said. "They told us in the beginning but we thought we had about five years."
Sharlee Morain and her volunteers have been helping the underprivileged community out of the donated building for just two years.
"It's just a place where they know they can come once a month and try to get what they need and nobody is going to judge them and look down on them or, you know, tell them no." Searcy said.
and anyone who walks in know's there's something special about the place.
"I'm gonna cry because it's so great here." Searcy said.
For many, it's a place they can feel at home.
"That's why we're here," Morain said. "That is what we're doing. We are touching the community and everybody that helps us, they're actually helping. It's neighbors helping neighbors."
And it's something worth fixing up to keep the community going.
"Everybody come down to the shepherds cove!" First-Time Shopper Phyllis Frantz said. "Support them! Even if you come down and get something free give them a few dollars, you know? Help them out when you can."
They need just about $135 thousand to get the roof fixed. And that means they still have a way to go. You can donate on their website at- http://shepherds-cove.org/