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MILWAUKEE (CBS58) -- Area kids and teens put on their hard hats to help clear the way for what will soon be a free clinic and homeless shelter on the Northside.

A former factory and warehouse building located at 24th and Center streets will be the future home of the MacConon Brown Homeless Sanctuary (MBHS), a nonprofit organization.

“This is becoming a full scale maximum center for Milwaukee's homeless and at-risk homeless people,” said Sister MacCanon Brown, CEO of MBHS. “There will be floor-by-floor real array of significant help."

In addition to being a shelter, the center will also have a clinic with free healthcare serving the 53206 zip code, one of Milwaukee’s most disadvantaged areas.

A lot of works still needs to get done before its ready.

Running Rebels, the youth organization volunteered to help as a service project, including 16-year-old Victor Barnett. “Helping bring this homeless shelter to life, we're helping move bricks and it's just an honor to help out the community," he said.

Rubble and concrete blocks were cleared out from the space.

“We started on the second floor moving bricks, from the ground that was torn down to the dumpster to give it space upstairs," said Devonta Hymes.

The 35,000 square feet facility is anticipated to be complete in about five years.

To learn more about the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary or to donate, visit: http://www.mbsanctuary.org

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