When the public gets its first glimpse of the new homeless shelter for women and children, they will see beautifully furnished rooms, thanks to the efforts of several churches and a casual competition between eight real estate agents working in the Beverly-Hanks Waynesville office to see who could create the best-decorated room.

Mandy Haithcox, executive director of the Haywood Pathways Center, said much of the furnishings for the building were deeply discounted or donated.

Del Rays in Waynesville was able to provide a special deal on many of the high-quality furnishings in the building, including the sofas, dining tables, bunk beds and dressers, Haithcox said. Specialty Locks provided locks throughout the building, including those on cabinets where families will have their family food supply.

Other organizations or churches in the community adopted the two remaining bedrooms and other rooms in the building when it came to furnishings.

A trauma-informed color scheme was used throughout the building, Haithcox said, citing research from Horizons for Homeless Children showing that soft, pastel colors worked the best.

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