In 1990 the Giles County Homeless Shelter began operating in Pearisburg in a small mobile home as a 501(C)3 corporation. Later the Shelter moved to a house on Curve Road. This single unit could not meet the needs of the homeless as only one family could be served at a time. With a growing population of homeless families, the Shelter Board recognized the need to expand. Opportunity came from property located in Narrows and the sale of the property on Curve Road was approved by the Shelter Board. In May of 2008, the Hope House opened in a new duplex in Narrows, located at 138 Old Virginia Avenue just off Route 460. One unit is a single occupancy suitable for either one person or for a parent and child depending on the age of the child. The second unit is suitable for families. Both units are handicapped equipped. With the expansion came additional capital costs as well as anticipated increased operating costs.