Dan Livingston, senior pastor of Hearts of Love Ministry, said his church began housing the evacuees five days after the storm in a vacant building they planned to use to house men being rehabilitated for drug addiction.Livingston
knew the building, which once was a nursing home, would be the perfect place for displaced families who fled to the Pensacola Bay Area.
opened the shelter, Johnson's family stayed at the Pensacola Civic Center
, which she
said was cramped and uncomfortable.
On Sunday, she
sat on her
bed inside the dorm-like room of the shelter and read an Indian novel.
said the shelter, which is on North 72nd Street, will be called "Renovation House."
"We didn't want to call it restoration house because that's restoring what you had before," he
said."We want this to be a place where you leave here with something better than what you had before."
There still are about 22 rooms remaining at the new shelter, which Livingston hopes soon will be full.Other rooms are full of donated goods.With only word-of-mouth marketing, Livingston
said the shelter has received about $200,000 donated goods and money.