There's more space for homeless, single women in Evansville after Ruth's House, a night shelter for women, merged with United Caring Shelters, or UCS.
Ruth's House merged with UCS on January 1, and now, the shelter can house double its previous number of homeless women, overnight.
"I didn't have anything, no clothes, just the clothes on my back, and they gave me everything I needed," a Ruth's house resident said.
One Ruth's House resident, who didn't want to be identified, says she's been staying overnight at the shelter for about a month and a half.
"This is a home. It's not just a shelter, it's a home," the resident said.
Executive Director of United Caring Shelters Kimron Reising says UCS opened a women's shelter housed at St. Anthony's on First Street back in 2011. Now, that shelter has moved to join forces with Ruth's House on East Walnut.
Reising said the community was in great need of overnight shelter for homeless, single women with no children.
"There were a few places, but there weren't nearly enough," Reising said.
Shelter Manager Amanda Payne says Ruth's house now has 26 beds, up from its previous number of 12.
Payne says Ruth's House has clothes and accessories for the women. It is there for residents emotionally, too.
"When you fall so far and lose so much in life, you lose that self-esteem that it really takes to get back on your feet," Payne said.
The resident we talked with calls her experience so far, "humbling", telling us this "home" has helped bring her one step closer to buying her own.
"They really care. You know, they're here for us," the resident said.
Payne says, right now, Ruth's House is open overnight and residents can get meals at the UCS main campus.
UCS told 14 News that they're hoping Ruth's House will become a 24 hour shelter again this summer.
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