Mandy Lowery says the Hannah House has been a great opportunity for her.
By: Kim Gaffney
The winter months have made living without shelter even more unbearable for Columbia's homeless population.
The Hannah House, a transitional home on Sumter Street, strives to offer more than just a place to sleep. It aims to help tenants make a positive change in their lives.
"I think the goal closest to home would be that the ladies that do come here, that reside here that they get themselves together," said Hannah House assistant manager Kelly Greenaway.
Residents say the shelter not only operates as a house but as a place to practice their life skills.
"With everything I do here, I'll have some really good references to go get a decent job," resident Mandy Lowery said.
The Hannah House receives food donations every week. In return, they give excess groceries and supplies to those less fortunate living on the streets.
"We don't horde stuff. We give it back, we give it out to the community, because there's so many people out there less fortunate than us," said Greenaway.
According to a 2011 study by the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless there are over 1,600 homeless individuals in Columbia. The Hannah House managers are concerned about the number of people who still need a home.
"Even though every single facility could be filled up, there are still so many people out there that don't have a bed," said Greenaway.