Ministry opens new shelter for battered women

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group of volunteers aims to help battered women and their young children avoid life on the streets.

There is a tremendous transformation underway at an old home in the middle of the Capital City.

Rhonda Altazin and a few others are doing the dirty work. They are replacing floors, fixtures, and furniture. They are creating a home, a safe place, for battered women and their children.

"We have very few shelters in Baton Rouge. We have women with literally six month old children living in abandoned houses," Altazin said.

Altazin is a part of Travail 6:33. The group knows there is a need because members minister to the homeless community and women in shelters. Travail's outreach has grown so much Altazin said the group is opening its own safe haven. They are not just giving women a place to live they are helping them build new lives.

"We help them get jobs, learn life skills, so that they can be productive and will no longer have to depend on someone else or be in a situation where they have to be beaten and stay there because they need housing."

Altazin said the project is only the beginning. Travail is scouting additional properties in the city to expand its purpose.

"I believe we are going to have revival in this city, that we're taking it back for the Lord, and we are not going to have all of this addiction and people in situations where they can't have an abundant life."

It is a long road ahead but Altazin said the journey is rewarding.

The shelter will open on May 15, 2014.

Travail is in need of home goods, such as beds and linens.

If you would like to donate, call (225) 933-9465.

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