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CHARLOTTE — Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian church is opening its arms very wide to welcome some of the city's single homeless women.

About 60 volunteers who could have taken the day off spent Monday laboring, transforming a former Sunday school building into an emergency overflow shelter. The Salvation Army Center of Hope is opening their emergency overflow site in a former Sunday school donated by the congregation at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church.

"Whatever it takes to make a home," said the project's coordinator Jill Aleong.

Thomas Gibson wanted to paint. He's a resident of Charlotte's Mcreesh Place. It's transitional housing for formerly homeless men.

"I just feel good about myself to be able to help someone and show my appreciation and thanks," said Gibson.

The overflow shelter will accommodate at least fifty women. It's expected to relieve overcrowding at Salvation Army's Center of Hope.

Salvation Army and church leaders have one more volunteer work day scheduled for September 11th. Officials hope to open the overflow shelter the week of September 12th.

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