Vince Rosato: Envisioning healthy changes and making a difference | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)- A Montgomery pastor is
calling it an 'answer to prayer.' Vince Rosato doesn't focus so much on the
obvious need for improvements at what used to be an apartment complex on
Chisholm Street in north Montgomery. It was build in the 1940s and vacant for
the last 4 years.
Instead he envisions the
healthy change that could transform lives.
"I can just do what
I can do and let God do His work," said Rosato.
Rosato runs the
Friendship Mission in west Montgomery, a homeless shelter for men. He wants to
do the same for women. Much like Friendship Mission, Rosato will rely on
community donations and grants to keep the new shelter open.
It will be Tammy
Middleton's job as shelter director to make sure things run smoothly. Middleton
is quick to point out this won't be a place for women to merely hang out.
"No. This will be
'hand up' program. When they come here they'll go through programs and our goal
is to rebuild their confidence and their trust. And eventually get them back in
the community with jobs," said Middleton.
Repairs are already
underway to bring the campus of several buildings up to code but more needs to
be done such as replacing the hot water heater in one building and adding
showers as well.
Vince Rosato has no
doubt his campus will fill up rather quickly once the renovations are finished.
The reason is it's estimated there are 400 homeless women in the River Region,
many of whom have fallen on hard times due to the economy, drugs or leaving an
single women and women with children," said Rosato.
There will be no charge
for the women staying at the shelter. Rosato hopes to have it opened by mid
Rosato says the driving
force behind his dream is faith, faith that change for the better for the
brokenhearted is just around the corner.
Call Tammy Middleton at 334-313-2764 if you
need more information about this new shelter.
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