ST. CLOUD (AP) — A homeless shelter in St. Cloud is preparing to open an area for mothers and children with no place to go.

The remodeled second floor of the Place of Hope Ministries' transitional housing shelter is expected to open Dec. 4.

The idea for the project goes back 16 years, when the Rev. Carol Smith and her husband discovered a woman and her children on their doorstep on a night that was 10 degrees below zero.

That memory has stayed with Smith as she heads the project, which will include 14 rooms, a living room area and a play room for kids. Smith says the project has been in the works for a year and estimates the shelter has spent at least $15,000 on it.