Volunteers help clean Scott County Homeless Shelter on MLK Day of Service

12:55 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers help clean-up Scott County Homeless Shelter.
  • File Photo of Jerry Voiles inside Scott County Homeless Shelter.
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Strangers banded together Monday to honor not only Martin Luther King Jr., but also the former Executive Director of the Scott County Homeless Shelter.

On May 29th, 2012, investigators believe Josiah Jones shot and killed Jerry Voiles inside the shelter.

Investigators say they do not have a clear motive for the murder.

Just two weeks ago, Jones was indicted by a grand jury for first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is set to appear before a judge at the end of February.

The Scott County Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry says they have done a lot of healing since the death of Voiles. Monday, nearly two dozen people who didn't even know Voiles, came together to clean-up and expand the shelter.

Volunteer Lori Brock was glad to spend Monday at the shelter.

"He had a big place in his heart for the homeless and the under privileged," said Brock, "Just to honor his memory is just wonderful."

Brock met Voiles two years ago and knew his vision and passion for the shelter, "We knew he wanted this place to flourish and grow and just to know that his dream and his thoughts of what this could be could turn in to reality. That's important."

More than 20 AmeriCorps members spent the day working hard to add a thrift store to the shelter.

"This is Jerry's dream and since he made my dream of a shelter come true, I feel like I need to follow through with his," explained Jerry's Aunt, Ella Smith.

Smith knew Jerry wanted to one day open a thrift store inside the shelter.

So for hours volunteers scrapped away old paint, cleaned up their mess, and built racks for the thrift store clothes.

The last eight months have been tough for his Aunt, but she's glad on this Martin Luther King Junior Day, Jerry's dream can come true.

"It's not a normal day of service and I think Jerry would find this very appropriate as Martin Luther King Junior was one of his heroes."

The new Executive Director of the shelter hopes to have the thrift store open as soon as possible.

To donate or to find out more you can call them at 423-663-3333.

Also, due to weather related issues, the Scott County Food Pantry is closed for Tuesday, January 22.

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