Lydia’s Place is Randolph County’s first emergency shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness, allowing children and their families to stay together regardless of age, sex or gender. The shelter will be located at 114 Francis Street, in Asheboro, N.C. and will operate using a housing first approach to support its guests.
Lydia’s Place is a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization. Under the direction of Alexis Coleman, and with the support of community partners and its board members, Lydia’s Place is currently raising funds for site renovations and improvements. Upon completion, the shelter will meet Housing and Urban Development (HUD) compliance standards.
The Francis Street site most recently served as a church and is currently owned by First United Methodist Church of Asheboro. The church has generously agreed to lease the property to Lydia’s Place for $1 per year. Site renovation and organizational plans include preserving the existing church’s multi-functional spaces to provide optional religious services, Bible studies, worship and pastoral care services for Lydia’s Place guests and the surrounding neighborhood and community.