ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams will tour the new, $5 million Arlington Life Shelter when it opens this Thursday.

The 12,000 square foot, two-story facility features considerably expanded space and additional services to families challenged by homelessness, as well as a contemporary design to promote an atmosphere of dignity, inspiration, safety and hope.

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The family bedrooms for women and children will increase the shelter’s bed capacity by 40%. They were finished out by more than $40,000 in contributions community members made via the Amazon Wish List.

Education, recreation and programming space was expanded. The previous shelter only had one room dedicated to all three.

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Children can run and laugh on an open air playground featuring separate/customized spaces for toddlers, elementary kids and teens.

The facility’s kitchen enlarged and upgraded. Plus, the computer lab was outfitted with A/V equipment.

Also on Thursday, clients will move into the new shelter.

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