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Tevin Ford walks by C-U at Home headquarters in Champaign on Monday. Ford said when the center closes, ‘that’s when you become creative and go out and explore the world and come back a different person.’

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CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home’s overnight shelters for the homeless in Champaign will fully reopen in August, the agency announced Tuesday.

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center, 70 E. Washington St., C, will resume normal hours Aug. 9, and the men’s and women’s overnight shelters at the same address will resume regular service Aug. 16. C-U at Home paused both services in mid-May, partly due to severe staffing shortages.

Since then, “we have made a lot of progress here at C-U at Home,” said Rob Dalhaus III, the agency’s former executive director who now serves as community outreach and development director. “We have hired staff to fill all gaps in daytime positions and are finalizing hiring to fill the gaps in our overnight staffing as well.”

Among new hires beginning next month are a full-time case manager and new coordinator for the drop-in center.

C-U at Home said it’s planning to celebrate its reopening the week of Aug. 16 with tours of its improved facilities featuring live music and food.

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