Special to
The Opelika Observer

Under the direction of Steve Jenkins, more than 20 volunteers provided some much-needed help at the Northridge women’s home on Saturday. One group began cleaning inside and removing items from the attic, replacing light bulbs, sweeping floors and moving furniture. Another group outside led the charge to landscape and provide an outdoor living space for the residents who will call Northridge home temporarily until they can be transitioned into an apartment or house.

A soft opening will allow five to six women to become residents in August at Northridge. The home will abide by the coronavirus CDC guidelines to ensure that the residents are safe. Once the process proves to be safe more ladies will be accepted. Northridge will be home to 14 women, with or without children, who are displaced and need emergency/temporary shelter.

“This is an answer to prayer, God provides in His time not ours,” said Selena Daniel, cofounder and vice president of One Voice.

Mayor Gary Fuller and Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson-Pitts were among those in attendance.

“The Mayor and City Council supports this organization and are very appreciative that women will have safe shelter when an unfortunate occurrence happens,” said Jean Causey, co-founder and president of the One Voice Shelter Coalition.

“God is so good, we have been trying to partner with the Church of the Highlands for a long time, this help comes at a time that means so much it means after a long year we are one day closer to opening.”

To volunteer or donate to One Voice Shelter Coalition, call Selena Daniel at 334-705-0045 or send donations to


P.O. Box 2591

Opelika, AL 36801