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Matilda Jane breathes new life into Vincent Village

A shelter needed a new living room, and a local clothing company stepped up.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: Feb. 17, 2018 2:50 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- In most homes the living room is the heart of the house. It's where we go every night to sit with our families and talk about our days.

For residents of Vincent Village, it's more than just a room.

"The kids feel like they're really at home. Like, we really have a home here," said Linese Gunther.

Gunther came to Vincent Village with her two kids two months ago.

"When we got here we stayed in a couple different hotels for a while," she said.

When she first arrived she wasn't sure what to expect at a shelter, but in the newly renovated Matilda Jane living room, she can finally unwind.

What's first for Gunther?

"Definitely movies first. That will be first tonight," she said.

For Lian Perry, 14, living in a shelter can be hard to explain to other teenagers, and finding a place to hang out and be a kid is rare.

"It's really nice having people who can relate to my issues. I've always kind of felt alone when it comes to this," Perry said.

But with some donations, fresh paint, one of a kind art, and new floors, his search for a safe place is over.

"The small things that we can do that make a larger impact in our community, and seeing it first hand is huge," said Jennifer Bermejo of Matilda Jane.

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