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Emergency homeless shelter remains open after scheduled close


The Wiley House in Fulton will remain open despite being scheduled to close its doors due to lack of funding. 

The Wiley House has been open for three years and is Callaway County’s only emergency homeless shelter. The shelter is funded primarily through grants. After failing to receive a fifteen thousand dollar grant it’s gotten in previous years, the shelter’s funds are nearly depleted.

In order to prevent the closure, all three workers have offered to volunteer, declining their salaries.

Brad Sheppard, director of “Our House,” the organization that operates Wiley House, said the solution is only temporary.

“I think after a month if we’re still where we need them to volunteer if they’re willing to keep doing it for another month we will, but that’s sort of what the Board of Directors has decided,” said Sheppard.

According to Sheppard, if the shelter receives the grant it was denied in 2012 next year and works to expand its funding base, Wiley House will remain open.