The Angel House

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Abused and neglected children in Ingham County have a new place to go for temporary comfort.

The $2.1 million shelter will provide a temporary home for children who have been abused.

Community leaders and law enforcement officials met for Thursday's grand opening.

The Angel House is ready to provide temporary shelter for 15 kids at a time. It's a project that's been eight years in the making, and a dream come true for the director, Jerre Cory.

"What we're offering here is comfort, hope and a time out in their crazy lives," said Cory.

The shelter will provide two separate services, a place for abused kids to live for up to two weeks until they find permanent housing, and a CAS (Children's Assessment Center) where police, Ingham County prosecutors, and doctors can come together and hear from children who have been sexually abused.

"We're all going to be coming together for one interview, sharing our information, it will be so much easier on the child," said Catherine Emerson with the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.

It's estimated that about 800 kids will visit the Angel House every year; their ages will range from newborns to 17.