Few women's shelter options in Bay County

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lacie Sutek knows what it's like to live on the streets.

"Lots of nights I didn't know where I was going to get clothes, I didn't know where I was going to take a shower, I didn't know how I was going to eat. I didn't know what to do. It was horrible," said Sutek, who stays at Bethel Village.

Sutek tells us there aren't enough shelter options for homeless women and children in Bay County.

"It's a horrible feeling and there really is nowhere to go," said Sutek.

"A lot of these moms and the children they just run into hard times. It's what we're here for, to try to meet those needs. The physical needs, the spiritual needs they have. Try to get them back on their feet," said Rachel Duvall, director of Bethel Village.

Sutek now calls Bethel Village her home even though it's undergoing renovations so more women and children can live at the safe haven. The director of Bethel Village tells us there are other options for women in need in Bay County.

"There are some great places in our community that we work with that we send women and children to. There's the Transformational Recovery Mission, Salvation Army has housing, Catholic Charities has housing, but it just never seems to be quite enough," said Duvall.

Renovations at Bethel Village are expected to be completed in June.

Bethel Village officials tell us they'll begin accepting new shelter clients once the renovations are completed.