PEORIA -- After devastating news, there's new hope tonight for homeless women and children who relied on the Peoria YWCA.
The Dream Center continues to expand, and now it's picking up programs nearly lost, when the YWCA announced it's closing.
It's taking on the YWCA's cot program, where anywhere from 20 to 70 women and children sleep every night.
It will also be in charge of the Village Apartments, a two-year transitional home.
The programs will add a $350,000 expense to the Dream Center's budget. Executive Director Andy King said although it won't be easy, the need is too large to let the programs end. "We know there will be a miracle involved in this. We also know there are people out there who have a heart and a passion to help the poor and the broken here in Peoria."
King says the transition will happen quickly. The Dream Center will take over the programs on Saturday.
If it did not choose to step in, the people using those programs would have been kicked out at the end of the week.