For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.
A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And