Love-A-Child Missions, a shelter for homeless families and seniors in Bay Point is facing foreclosure.
The founder, Jermone Knott says for 25 years, he's offered shelter, job training, and recovery services to homeless women and their children. Now he’s hoping for a miracle. The property is scheduled to go up for sale on Thursday.
"It's beautiful. I wake up to birds singing in the morning," said Naomi Villalobos, a shelter resident.
The shelters offer a serene setting in the form of cottages with a grove of trees and a playground. It's a sanctuary that has helped Stephanie Namm, a single mother with four children, get back on her feet.
"I was scared. I was by myself. I didn't know what to do. When I moved here, they took me in like family," said Namm.
She is among the thousands of women that the shelter has helped over the years to regain control of their lives. They are women who've struggled with domestic violence, drug addiction or homelessness.
"I was in a motel before I came here. That was really hard with the kids. There's no support at the motel," said Yolanda Moseman, a homeless mother.
Knott blames the high cost of operating the shelter for the nonprofit’s failure to make a balloon payment of $216,000 on their mortgage along with the acknowledgment of delinquent taxes that have caused this predicament.
"We're overloaded. We can't take anymore. We have this weight on our shoulders. We're doing all we can,” he said. “Without community support, Love-A-Child is not going to survive.”
He is hoping for a 30-day extension so he can take out a loan and raise money through community support.
The shelter owes the money to the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit.
In an email, its president Darrell Teat, said it "must take action as a result of Love-A-Child Missions inability to meet their loan obligation."
He also said "if left unresolved, [it] will result in the property being seized and sold by the county."
There are a handful of homeless seniors who are currently seeking shelter at Love-A-Child.
A gofundme page has been set up with the goal of reaching $216,000 has been set up. As of early Wednesday morning, they've raised $2,435, a small fraction of what is needed to stay open.
"I've lost enough. I can't lose anymore, so I'll be here," said 81-year-old Connie Dyer.
She and others say they have faith the shelter will get the help it needs to stay open.
"I would be heartbroken if this place shut down. They've helped me through a lot when I was not financially stable," said Namm.
The shelter relies on private donations and grants.
The women said this safe haven helped them survive. Now, the hope is that the shelter itself will survive.