MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — On Tuesday, the public was invited to see the progress on a first-of-its kind project is in the works in downtown Martinsburg — a family shelter.

Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission Superintendent Pastor Tim Guerino talked about the 604 project, named after the address of the property they’re rehabbing next door to the Mission on King Street:

“Project 604 is going to be six apartments for whole families that are transitioning from homelessness to getting a place to stay and then eventually getting a permanent place to stay,” Guerino says, “There’s no place like that in Berkeley, Jefferson, or Morgan County.  This is going to be the first.”

Guerino says families in the shelter will be provided meals and will take part in classes and other supports aimed at giving them a hand up.

On Tuesday, folks were invited to walk around the safe areas of the building, which has largely been gutted. A sketch of how the apartments would be laid out was posted on one wall. Those in attendance were also invited to write a message on the wall before it gets covered up during the rehabilitation of the structure.

The original price tag of $800,000 has risen $1 million due to increased building costs.   Donations earmarked the 604 Project are being accepted to offset the difference.

More information at the Union Rescue Mission’s Webpage.

To donate, call the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission at (304) 263-6901 to donate or click the word DONATE to pay through PayPal. They ask you mark your donation for the 604 Project.

Project 604 will be the first family shelter in the Eastern Panhandle, according to Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission Superintendent Tim Guerino.