Warming Shelters Open in Victoria

As the cold weather settles in the crossroads, shelters are beginning to open their doors. Newscenter 25’s Griselda Perez spoke to Mid-Coast Family Services about the help available for the next few days.

Monday night and Tuesday night, the Pine Street Warming Shelter located at 803 Pine St., Victoria, Texas, will be open to the public from 6 PM through 8 AM.

“When you’re homeless it does help a lot especially in the winter months, on the real cold nights.” says visitor Russell.

Lisa Griffin adds that, “for health precautions we go ahead and open the shelter each time we know there’s going to be a string of cold days, because we know people in the street are vulnerable to the weather among other things.”

A small bed, warm blanket and a chair to place their little belongings, becomes the space needed for at least 25 homeless people.

“A lot of places where you try to stay out of the wind and rain, you get ran off, it’s just really hard.” adds Jason Brock, a visitor to the warming station.

For the third year and counting, Mid-Coast Family Services hopes to become that familiar place for those struggling.

“We want them to know that we care, and that they are welcome to our shelter any time, this time when its cold, next time, and the time after that.” adds Lisa.

For more information on extended dates for warming shelters, visit:

http://www.midcoastfamily.org/contact-us/

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