Near the end of Main Street in Bryan, there stands a modest, two-story building. Age has faded the color from the once red bricks, and some of the windows have been boarded up.
But it's within these century-old walls that countless people have regained a positive outlook on life. For people like Tim Halbrook, it has been a ray of hope in a seemingly dark world. "I was desperate. I didn't have anywhere to turn," said Halbrook. "First time I came here, I was sleeping in a field."
It was at this lowest point that Halbrook came to Twin City Mission seeking help. But life hadn't always treated Halbrook so poorly. "I had a college degree, two successful careers, and a home," he said. "I lost everything on account of drinking."
The shelter, just as it has done for many others for the past 45 years, took him in and helped him battle his alcoholism. Halbrook successfully rehabilitated from his debilitating addiction, and has been working for the shelter for the last year as a desk clerk.
It's during this time that Halbrook has seen how crucial the shelter is for the community and those in need. "It's a starting point to get your life in order and back on your feet. There really isn't a stereotypical homeless person here. There are all kinds of people here that have been educated, and successful, and for various reason have wound up in need with a place to stay and try to better themselves," said Halbrook.
While the community and its needs have grown, the size of the building has stayed the same. So for nearly the last three years, the shelter has been organizing and planning a move to a new location. And so, the place that has helped so many people since 1963, is now turning to the community in hopes that they can get help in building a new shelter.
While the shelter claims to have never turned anyone away in its existence, the need for a bigger location is crucial to making sure that always stays true. "We've never turned anyone away because we didn't have room," Halbrook said. "But it's difficult to meet the needs, especially if families come, and to be able to keep them together."
And he knows all too well, how important it is that there always be a place for someone to turn in a time of need. "The Bible says we're going to have the poor with us all the time. So I think there will always be the need for the shelter."
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