PEORIA, Ill.–Dream Center Peoria broke ground Wednesday morning on the first phase of its $1.7 million homeless shelter renovation.
Since the Dream Center moved into its downtown Peoria location, the fourth floor has been vacant.
After this renovation, the Center will expand its homeless shelter from one floor to two floors and increase its capacity from 75 to 125 people.
“Including a rescue room for the sex trafficking ladies that we see, and the pregnant ladies that come in. And phase two is going to be a commercial kitchen,” said Dream Center’s Executive Director Andy King.
“We’ve seen this community step up in so many ways. Partnering with Catalyst Construction who really saw our vision for this facility, the two floors, getting it out on paper, and showing the renderings of what we’re gonna be doing,” King said.
Phase one of construction began on Wednesday, and the current plan is to have phase one of the shelter up and running by December 1 of this year.
These renovations will also increase dining room capacity from eight occupants to 60, increase number of women’s showers from two to seven, increase number of men’s showers from zero to two, and add one family bathroom to the facility.
It will also provide dedicated daytime living space including lounge areas, computer workstations and a children’s play area.