Almost two years exactly since a homeless shelter in New Glasgow closed its doors, a new shelter is taking its place — and it has room to grow.

Viola’s Place will be accepting its first clients Friday evening at the former Pentecostal Life Church.

“It’s a big day,” said Tammy McLaren, one of the board members of the Viola’s Place Society.

The name honours Viola Desmond, the African-Nova Scotian woman who stood up to racial discrimination at a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946.