Turning Interest Into Action
In April 1992, the Cherokee County Ministerial Association (CCMA) purchased a house in Murphy with the help of an interest free loan.
Slim Hurlburt and Al Johnson, along with countless others spent time renovating the house. The Hurlburth-Johnson Shelter opened on August 7, 1993.
In July of 2005, the CCMA turned management over to a volunteer Board of Directors who incorporated as the Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House, Inc. They led a massive volunteer renovation and re-opened on November 1, 2005.
The facility is supported entirely by private donations, the Reseller Thrift store and grants. We can currently accommodate 27 individuals and are in the planning stages to increase our capacity.
The HJFH is the only shelter in 100 miles that has the level of assistance we provide our residents.
Board of Directors and staff
Nancy Chastain Don Yancheson. Anne Payne
Karen Crubaugh Elmer Wilson
Kim Gibson Fr. James Blomely Tim Huff
Pat Meeks - Shelter Manager
Becky Markey - Reseller Manager
Focus on Residents and Volunteers
Pat Meeks, our Shelter Manager has been a part of the HJFH for several years, first as a volunteer. Please give Pat a call if you are interested in providing support or volunteering at the shelter. 828-837-2654