At first glance, it looks like just a regular house in an Ozark neighborhood. But take a closer look, and it's plain to see there's more to it.
“We came upon this house back in October. Someone purchased it on our behalf.” Father Thomas Nixon says the 100-year-old house is being renovated into a safe haven for women and children, including two bedrooms with seven beds and one family bedroom. It’s called the Angel House.
“We know that there are women in the community that have difficult family situations, difficult personal situations, who just needed a chance to find a place to get back on their feet,” Nixon said.
The visionary for the shelter is Dale County Rescue Mission Director Dr. Charles Gann. He says the community, churches and other organizations made this possible.
“The house was donated to us and we’ll have to pay the utilities and the upkeep on the house,” Gann said.
Miulan Kapihea, the first resident and new manager of the shelter, says she can relate to what a lot of women seeking shelter are going through, after she escaped an abusive marriage, years ago.
“When I knew my husband thought about using his gun against me, it was time for me to leave,” said Kapihea.
Recently, after six months of seeking divine direction on her next journey, she says accepting an offer to manage the shelter was her only option, and the best one.
“This door was the only door that opened to me. So, I said, ‘Ok, lord.’ By the time I got here, I got my answer. But to confirm it, I had a few more steps,” Kapihea said.
And those steps lead right to a community of angels, looking out for those women in need.