ROCKPORT — A Rockport homeless shelter that closed a year ago has re-opened with a new approach aimed at ending the cycle of homelessness.

Hospitality House is now operated by the Knox County Housing Coalition.

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Local churches contributed food, businesses donated furniture and appliances, and individuals gave their time and manpower to help complete the revamp.

But rather than just providing a bed for the night, Hospitality House is showing people the way out of homelessness through job training, a GED program and even lessons in how to properly budget.

Executive Director Stephanie Primm tells WABI-TV the idea is to make a long-term investment in homelessness, rather than a short-term fix.

Hospitality House is still seeking grants and donations to help more people.