EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The House of Bread and Peace, a homeless shelter for women and children, is now back open after being forced to evacuate last week.

The shelter closed after a water leak heavily damaged the building, forcing 25 people to be relocated. The damage was estimated to cost the organization $6,000 to $12,000.

Shelter officials tell us that the building is now safe and residents have returns. We’re told the plumbing is fixed and that the rest of the damage can be repaired while the home is occupied.

“Thank god for our community that stepped up, and our community of shelters stepped up and helped us get these ladies to the next place for them to be house for a week until they could come back to their home,” says Board President Lawanda Kirsch.

The shelter tells Eyewitness News they aren’t taking any new residents for the time being.

How to donate:

Urgent items needed:

  • Prepared meals
  • Crafts and activities for women and children
  • Bedding
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Hygiene