ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Al Ross is the board president of the only long-term shelter in a 15-county area for abused and homeless women and children.
"Once they are ready to move to that next progression in life, they're ready," Ross said. "They're ready to step out into the world and do what they need to do. How do you put a price tag on that? You can't."
The Sheepfold started in California 30 years ago, then expanded about three years ago to Texas, setting up a safe house in Angelina County.
The executive director has since moved on and rumors of the shelter closing have surfaced.
Ross says they are only rumors.
"We have a waiting list for women and children to get back in, but we have discovered with the board and volunteers and staff without an executive director, we need an executive director," he said. "So, all we're doing is taking a minor pause for just a few months to get that executive director back on board and as soon as we have them, then we will kick back into operation."
The shelter holds up to three families.
Right now, two are in the shelter and they will stay there until after Christmas when they will move on to the next step in their transitional process.
"We've heard the rumors too and I think people have possibly misunderstood," said Ross.
He said they're not going anywhere; just at a crossroads like so many of the families they help.
"Sometimes life throws us a curve," Ross explained. "It's not what we expected, but when that happens, there needs to be resources in our community and thankfully we have some incredible resources."
The search for an executive director begins in January.
Ross said the future is bright.
A few people have already applied for the position. If you're interested in applying or donating, call (936) 465-4311.