New Program Gets Homeless Off The Streets

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 2/06 3:10 am

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For many homeless people in Victoria, the idea of not having a meal for a whole day, or a place to sleep for the night, is very real.

However, one new Victoria program hopes to change that.

The program is called The Emergency Warming Shelter, and its aim is to get those without a home off the streets, and into a warm bed for a night.

The idea for the program began two weeks ago by the Victoria Homeless Coalition.

Members of the organization realized there were not enough places for homeless people to stay temporarily for a night.

The Victoria Homeless Coalition teamed up with different organizations like Midcoast Family Services, the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, and different volunteers to start the Emergency Warming Shelter program.

Ginny Stafford, a member of the Victoria Homeless Coalition, said around eight people came to the shelter Wednesday night.

One of those 8 people was Lucas Garcia. He said he feels blessed that someone would do this self-less act.

"I have no where to go tonight and it's going to be cold so this thing they got is hope that there is people that care you know what I mean," Garcia said.

The Victoria Homeless Coalition will also house homeless people Thursday at the Pine Street Community Center located on 803 Pine Street, in Victoria.

Check-in begins at 5pm, and ends at 10pm.

If you would like to volunteer for this program, contact Midcoast Family Services at 361-575-7842.
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