New Rock Hill Homeless Shelter Built In Honor Of Local Teen Who Died From Cancer


12063548_957140837687248_8786329558657185160_nRock Hill recently opened a new homeless shelter that was built in honor of a precious local teen whose life was taken by cancer.

Emily Elkins, 16, always dreamed of opening up a homeless shelter in her local city to help all the hurting people who would see on a regular basis.

She would regularly donate clothes, food, and other supplies to the homeless throughout Rock Hill and York County. She would often take her friends and family members with her to show them what true love looked life. Her ultimate goal was to build a homeless shelter, but cancer tragically took her life in March 2015.

Annie Brakefield homeless shelter rock hillLast October, Pastor Jonathan Pannell with the Emmanuel Church of the Nazareth in Rock Hill partnered with Emily’s family to make her dream a reality. Hundreds of volunteers donated time, resources, and over $50,000 in cash to make it possible.

Dozens of volunteers spent the last year transforming the home at 314 Hasty Street in Rock Hill into a beautiful homeless shelter and lasting tribute to Emily Elkin’s love and dedication to the needy.

Her picture is now displayed, along with inspirational messages adorn the walls, which are painted in her favorite color: purple.

This will forever be Emily’s House.



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