ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – A historic Abilene hospitall will soon be transformed.
The old St. Ann’s Hospital was built in the 1930s and has been vacant for decades. Now, an Abilene church is planning to resotre the building to help the homeless community. But earlier this year, those plans were almost destroyed.
“Part of our vision is to restore Highland, restore Abilene and restore the world,” Highland Elders Chairman, Dan Allen says.
The vision started five years ago and took flight Wednesday.
“Today is the beginning and here we are and this is happening,” Allen says.
Part of the vision is to help with systemic homelessness in Abilene by transforming the vacant St. Ann’s Hospital into homes.
“This is a problem that we have in our school district,” Allen says. “This is a problem that we have across the world, across America and this is an opportunty to give people the respect and the home that they deserve.”
For many, this is more than just a building, it’s where they got their start in life. Many people remember when it was still operating as a hospital. Some were even born there.
Which is why when it was almost lost in a fire in April, hope for their vision was almost lost with it.
“After the fire, we really thought that this was going to be over with,” Allen says. “We thought for a while that we were going to lose the possibility of the project.”
But now, a triumphant rebirth, as the seed is planted to help those without homes.
“This is like a phoenix,” Allen says. “This is going to rise from the ashes and be a home for 30, 40 people. It’s just great to see the change that God has planned. That it sat vacant for so long and is now giving a rebirth.”
The project is expected to be completed in December of 2018.