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Transitional shelter in Marshfield almost complete

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - At the corner of Veterans Parkway and Vine Avenue in Marshfield, a new homeless shelter is nearly complete.

"There is currently no place in Marshfield for families with children, and that's why we're building this place,” said Dennis Boucher, board president of St. Vincent de Paul, the group in charge of the building.

Organizers say families will enter services designed to help find them jobs. Leaders say the shelter has come a long way. But Boucher says there is still work to be done.

"There's a few more doors to put on," said Boucher. "There's some carpet in the hallway and then next weekend we the rest of the furniture in from Lang Furniture and we'll be able to get all the beds mad, the dressers put in and everything else we need here."

Neighbors we spoke with didn't want to go on camera, but some said they have concerns about the shelter. But Boucher insists the community has been supportive.

"The donations that we have received, people coming in to volunteer on weekends, people donating products to this shelter, the community support has been awesome," he said.

Organizers of the transitional shelter say they are $50,000 shy of reaching their $735,000 goal. That money is needed for the building's parking lot and siding. Boucher says the shelter will open in April, even if that goal is not met.

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