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.

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.

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