EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSComfort House Could Close Its Doors
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Reported: Feb. 19, 2014 10:09 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 8:50 AM EST
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- A place that opens its doors to the sick and their family members -- could soon be shutting those doors for good. It is in need of a lot of money to stay open.
Comfort House said it has always made its payments, more than half a million dollars is needed, or else those who are sick and their loved ones in need will have to find somewhere else to stay.
Dixie Newman has been staying at the Comfort House in Huntington for the past week.
Like everyone staying here, she lives more than 50 miles away, but couldn't afford a hotel room while her husband underwent treatment at a nearby hospital.
"I’d have to drive back and forth," she said
But all it costs for her to stay at Comfort House is $15.
"I worry about traveling,” she said.
Newman said she would not be able to afford a hotel room.
But the place that opens its doors for so many is now in need itself.
"It’s just a business matter,” director Jo Fannin said. “Banking has changed with the regulatory system, and we need thousands and thousands in the bank."
To be exact, they need $525,000, a lot of money for a place that's primarily volunteer-based.
Fannin said they've had an outcry of support, of people stepping up.
But the wait is on to see if the home that helps others gets enough help to save its self.
Fannin said they have seen a very large donor step forward to help save the Comfort House.
So she says things look “optimistic,” but not set in stone.
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