Viola’s Place Society surpassed its fundraising goal to purchase a building that will act as a permanent homeless shelter in Pictou County.

Karen MacPhee, society chair, said Friday that $82,146.56 has been fundraised for the shelter and the purchase of the former Life Shelter building will go ahead as planned.

“In the beginning, no one knew who we were and some thought we would never get it done,” she said. “There is a need. I talked to the people.”

The former church and shelter on Marsh Street, New Glasgow, will be purchased by the society for $60,000 and the rest of the funds collected will give it a head-start on operations.