Efforts to build a new facility at GODTEL Ministries in Nacogdoches took a big step with a donation from Vijaya and Rama Pokala.
The GODTEL staff has been working in the community to raise funds for the project and will begin construction with the staff housing as the first phase of the project.
GODTEL accepted the donation on March 6.
"We have been honored and humbled by the people of Nacogdoches. We wanted to do something to give back to help people help themselves. The GODTEL building project will increase the scope of the work that GODTEL is doing for many people in need," Vijaya Pokala said.
June Gentry, executive director of GODTEL, said he was deeply moved by the generous donation.
"This money means we will be able to start and complete the Staff Housing phase of this building project with only a small amount of funds still needed. We were planning to start this project and were overjoyed to learn of the generosity of Dr. Pokala, " Gentry said.
The project will include women's and men's dorms, staff house and garden to grow food for the shelter is also in the land use plan.