A new day centre for homeless and badly housed people is set to open its doors in Rugby.
Hope 4 Centre is based at the former engineering club in Newbold Road and will be ready in the autumn.
The Rev Dr Michael Bochenski, chairman of Hope 4 Rugby, said: “This has been a ten year search for a home for the homeless with many ups and downs along the way.
“We are so very pleased at last to have the keys to a new Hope centre in our hands. Soon we will be able to offer even more to our guests as we leave for pastures new.”
Refurbishing work is currently being planned over the summer weeks and Hope 4 wants to move into their new home in the autumn.
Dr Bochenski added: “In recent months we have been welcoming over 40 guests a month to our current Church Street home. Sometimes, sadly, we have had to turn some of them away when we have reached capacity.
“Never again we hope. Now we have the opportunity to develop a new refuge from the streets for those who live each day in what we have come to know as ‘The Other Rugby’.”
Guests will receive hot meals, pack outs and have the use of shower and laundry facilities.
Among the plans - fresh funding and volunteers allowing - for the new Hope Centre are structured workshops offering literacy, numeracy, IT and basic English classes.
There will be space to develop interests, skills and motivational activities and better access and provision for disabled people.
The centre will provide private space for support agencies to meet with clients who are also Hope 4 guests.
To help secure this the directors have appointed a fundraising specialist Farai Mutsambiwa. He said: “I am now actively seeking funding from a number of green light donors to help pay for the new centre.”
Call (01788) 572456 for more information about Hope 4.