Couple plans to open up a shelter in Pickens County

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PICKENS COUNTY, SC – It’s not just the basics that Tracy and Sunshine Gantt hope to give those in need in Pickens County.  It’s much more.

“We want to help them get back on their feet and that’s what this place is,” explained Tracy Gantt.

The married couple and part-time pastors plan to open up a shelter in Pickens county to help people who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, or just need a place to stay. But in addition to housing, they want to offer services that can help people live a better life.

“There are three phases that can help defeat homelessness and we’re trying to accomplish that first phase, which is catching them when they’re at their lowest point to get them to a point where they’re willing to seek help,” said Sunshine Gantt. “Pickens County doesn’t have that.”

The project hits home for Tracy who is a former addict. He told 7 News Wednesday that an Upstate shelter helped him during those tough times.

“I went to this place called Haven of Rest, it’s in Anderson and it helped me get off drugs and alcohol and it put the word of god in me,” he said.

The couple said they didn’t want to disclose the shelters location yet, but affirmed that they did sign a lease for the building.

Currently they have about 20 volunteers ready to help out on a regular basis but are looking for more.

Sunshine Gantt said the shelter will be funded in part by small amounts of grant money, but they are looking for help from the community to get the shelter up and running.

“I don’t care if you’re drunk, I don’t care if you’re high, people still need a place to lay their head at night,” said Tracy. “A place where they can start all over again.”

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