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GSU students help design homeless shelter

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

A proposed homeless shelter in Statesboro took one more step toward reality, thanks to a class of Georgia Southern University students.

A dozen students from instructor Chris Johnson's interior design class spent the semester planning the interior and exterior of the Open Hearts Community Mission. Organizers have purchased property in February to build a 40 bed (20 men/20 women) shelter.

Students designed everything from the sleeping quarters to the dining hall to the processing area and administrative offices. Students attempted to balance privacy/security with cost and comfort.

"This saves us untold money and time,"stated committee founder Delia Mobley. "It also helps us go to donors to seek support to have plans and designs they can see."

The shelter's board, which works from donations by local churches and individuals, currently houses people at participating hotels. 

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