Family Hoping for a Miracle


Decatur- Just days before their money runs out, Nancy Barnes and her family is having a hard time finding a shelter to stay in. That is until they get their disability checks on November 1st. She hopes help will come soon, so the headache will be over.

Barnes, her two children and her daughter's boyfriend are in a tough situation. Her husband passed away, their car broke down and the men were laid off.

"His check would have let us get a place, but his check was a quarter of what he thought he was going to get," Barnes said.

The four of them have no place to go, so they are staying in a one bedroom hotel room, but they have to leave on Saturday.

In the mean time, she is reaching out to homeless shelters in Decatur. The issue is, she cannot find a short term shelter for emergency housing.

"Very discouraging. Either they have something for female or nothing for males," Barnes added.

Grace House in Decatur off 2175 East Pershing will soon be complete for people in a similar situation as Barnes.

Mick McCammack operates Water Street Mission and is in the process of building the new shelter. However, it will not open until about three weeks.

"In the old place we couldn't have helped them like that, but in this new place for emergencies they could have came in and we could have helped them out," McCammack said.

While the new place is getting fixed up, all Barnes can do is hope for a miracle.

If you have any assistance you would like to give Barnes, please reach out to Brigette Burnett and

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