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Wells Fargo Donates $70K To Help Build Homeless Day Shelter

Cyd Hoskinson

The city’s planned Day Resource Center for homeless men and women is getting a major influx of cash to help with construction. Wells Fargo announced Monday it will donate $70,000 to the project. 

It's expected to cost around $180,000 to turn the small, 3,000 square foot, windowless building behind the City Rescue Mission on State Street into a place where homeless people can go during the day.

Wells Fargo regional president Scott Coble says he considers the bank's $70,000 donation to be seed money that will spur other businesses to contribute.

"We strongly believe that the day center is a critical solution not only for making a vibrant downtown but also an inviting part of Jacksonville as well."

The shelter will provide Jacksonville's homeless residents with showers, phones, computers and access to a myriad of social service providers.

Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT
Benino Hernandez at City Rescue Mission annex

55-year-old Benino Hernandez has lived on the street for the past ten years.

He says the center will make it easier for him to get a job.

"Let's be honest. If I went into somebody's office looking like trash, would you really hire me? I don't think so because I certainly wouldn't," says Hernandez. "You know, if we're able to wash our clothes, take showers and look presentable, we have a better chance."

The new day shelter is expected to open in late summer.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.