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Donors feeling left in dark about homeless shelter project

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Some donors are feeling left in the dark about a cause they care about – New Hope Village in Midland.

It’s a project that is transforming the old Hope Michigan School into a shelter for homeless families.

“I liked the concept of what they were trying to do. I thought it was really a beneficial outreach,” said Cheryl Johnson, donor.

Johnson liked the cause so much she donated $8,000.

“I just want to know what’s going on because it was such a good project,” Johnson said.

She said for a time, progress was really rolling.

“They were painting and getting murphy beds made,” Johnson said.

That is until the director left the project a few months ago. An interim was hired, but also left the project.

Since then, Johnson hasn’t seen or heard anything new aside from the mysterious red tape on the door. She has been trying to contact project leaders.

“I have emailed them and some other people. I’ve tried making phone calls and gotten no responses,” Johnson said.

Robert Reymond is having the same experience.

“At least five emails,” Reymond said. “The doors closed and we haven’t heard nothing.”

After investing both time and money, they are starting to lose hope in New Hope Village.

“Discouraged. Disappointed. The fact that nothing’s been said for a couple months, that makes me wonder if there’s something I don’t know about,” Johnson said.

Board Chairwoman and acting director Betty Kirkley said she has been out of town for a family emergency the past few weeks, which is why there hasn’t been any contact.

She said the project is still on and the red tape isn’t anything scary. It just signifies a construction zone.

Kirkley also said she should be back in a week or two to give some updates.

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