Homeless coalition identifies need for more volunteers, resources for warming shelters

Homeless coalition identifies need for more volunteers, resources for warming shelters

VICTORIA, Texas – The third day of flu shots for the homeless and low-income families was canceled Tuesday due to cold weather.

“We have a meeting tomorrow to discuss a future, and another location so we can hit up different areas of Victoria,” said Vanessa Cummins, Community Development Planner for the City of Victoria

Cummins says the city has received more than 200 applications for rental assistance.

“Hopefully we can with our second CARES Act funding, we can provide even more assistance,” Cummins said.

A free health clinic will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pine Street Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11. With the recent cold weather, warming shelters are at the top of mind. 

“We will continue to do our warming shelters but we just don’t have enough volunteers and or money to get security for overnight unless it is freezing two nights in a row,” Griffin said.

Any socks or warm clothing items are welcome at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where there will also be a drive-thru dinner on Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead of the usual community dinner with the homeless and low-income families. 

In the spirit of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is Nov. 15 to Nov. 23, Kim Pickens, with The Humility Project, encourages others to try the SNAP Challenge.

“If you are a single person and you are receiving SNAP, $194, that is your $6.56 is what you would basically be spending per day, you know SNAP is a supplemental program but we know there are a lot of people where that is the only money they are using to buy groceries,” Pickens said.