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For the 2022 Spring and Summer projects here at Murphy Shelter, it is our goal to add much needed safety features to our landscaping and the exterior of the building in addition to beautification of the property. This includes goals of:

1. Adding tread-safe features to the 4 sets of porch steps and the front porch ramp.

2. Grading and paving in the entire parking space out front of our office.

3. Creating flower boxes to encircle the trees in the front yard.

4. Moving our American flag to the front of the property with a permanent flower box and solar powered spot lights for lighting the flag at night.

5. Adding a small playground area for the children at the shelter.

6. Raising a small vegetable garden, tended by residents, for fresh produce.

These projects require sponsorship in the form of skilled volunteer service, supplies, and management. If you would like to support these projects, please contact the house manager, Peggy.

Current Wish List
Regular Needs - Monthly

  • Ziplock Bags

    • Sandwich – 2 boxes

    • Quart – 2 boxes

    • Gallon – 2 boxes

    • 1.5 gallon or larger – 2 boxes

  • 4 large packs of paper towels (approx. 8 – 15 rolls)

  • 2 boxes of Drawstring kitchen size garbage bags (about 50 – 75 bags)

  • 4 boxes of regular or heavy duty aluminum foil

  • 1 box of 30 gal or contractor garbage bags

  • 4 to 6 tubs of Lysol Cleaning/Sanitizing wipes

  • 6 cans of disinfectant spray (preferably Lysol)

  • Personal and/or Travel Size hygiene products, especially toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, and shaving cream

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News & Upcoming events

We work hard to get our efforts noticed by the media and are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments and events connected with the Murphy Homeless Shelter. 


The Murphy Homeless Shelter continues to serve the homeless population.  The following numbers show the amount of residents served in February 2020:

Total nights served:                      656

Total residents                                 29

Residents permanently housed     4

Additional Cold night people served                                                             62

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Nov. 2, 2021

Murphy Shelter Receives 10K Grant From Asheville Foundation

WNC Bridge Foundation Makes New Laundry Facilities Possible

Murphy, NC: The Murphy Homeless Shelter (aka Hurlburt Johnson Friendship House) is excited to announce that they have been chosen as a recipient of a 2021 NOW Support grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation. These grants are designed to support a range of projects, and the shelter has an urgent need for more laundry facilities. When the shelter is at full capacity, it is very difficult for residents to get their clothing washed and dried, since the shelter has only one washer and dryer. The shelter plans to expand the laundry facilities to include more appliances. An exterior porch will be converted for this purpose.

Scott Buchanan, President and CEO of WNC Bridge Foundation said “WNC Bridge Foundation is honored to support the work of the Murphy Homeless Shelter’s mission of providing safe housing by awarding funds to upgrade its laundry facility. Renovations will allow residents to easily access commercial quality washers and dryers, even when the shelter is not open”. The board of directors at the shelter realized the need and applied for the grant in order to make their vision possible. “This upgrade has been needed for a very long time, and we trust it will be a blessing for years to come” said board president Pastor Tim Huff.

The WNC Bridge Foundation, based out of Asheville, serves as a catalyst for positive change throughout the 18 counties they serve in Western North Carolina, including Cherokee County.


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