TWIN FALLS — Valley House Homeless Shelter’s project to create a shelter for single women got a big boost this year.

By late July the majority of the estimated $130,000 cost to renovate a derelict house across the street had been raised thanks to the nonprofit’s yearly dinner fundraiser and a $65,000 grant received after the Times-News ran a February story about the shelter’s work in the community.

Magic Valley’s only shelter for homeless families, Valley House last year helped more than 5,000 people, that February story reported. Primarily for women and families, it helps anyone who comes to the door. And they come or call around the clock.

Executive director Sharon Breshears in July declined to name the big donor but said it previously gave Valley House $5,000.

“They told us they saw the article,” Breshears said. “They wanted it to go toward the women’s transitional housing.”

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Valley House directors named the future women’s shelter Sharon’s Place after Breshears, and they hope to complete it this year.

The need doesn’t end there. Next, Valley House plans to build new apartments for family transitional housing. Breshears estimates that project will cost $250,000 to $300,000.

“We want to continue as soon as possible on the second phase, the two five-plexes,” Breshears said. “We need partners for that. We would like to get that going as soon as possible.”

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