Homeless Shelter Nears Capacity As More Women Seek Refuge

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

An area homeless shelter is reaching capacity, as more women and children are looking for a roof over over the heads.

Typically in the dead heat of summer, the Twin City Mission sees an influx of people trying to get out of the heat. But this year, its seeing a new trend of women and families looking for shelter.

There are many faces of homelessness. It doesn't discriminate, regardless of race, color, sex or even age.

"I guess people always wonder what happened where did you go wrong," Paulita Trevino said.

Trevino and her daughter Elizabeth have just recently found themselves in hard times. Hard times that didn't leave them many places to turn.

"Everywhere you go it's either we can't help you, or there's implications and that limits the choices I have so, I didn't have many," Trevino said.

So Trevino found herself looking to the Twin City Mission for shelter, and she's not alone.

"Women and families are coming in trying to get some sort of relief so that they're not on the streets, but at the same time they're coming into a facility that's totally undersized and not appropriate," Ron Crozier with Twin City Mission said.

So many women and kids are coming to the Mission looking for shelter, that portion of the shelter is maxed out.

Inside mattresses fill all available floor space and families are being shuffled into the chapel next door.

"We're having to move the pews back in the chapel and mattresses on the floor," Crozier said. "That's unacceptable, but that's the only option right now."

But for families like the Trevino's, the most important thing is to keep her daughter off the streets.

The temporary shelter, although full, is giving her the opportunity to get back on her feet, so her daughter will see a brighter future.

"This is so she doesn't have to go through the same thing," Trevino said. "That's what I am trying to do, or what I'm going to do because I don't want her to go through the same thing."

But Twin City Mission will hopefully have more space by next summer.

The Mission is in the middle of its capital campaign, and they're more than halfway to a goal of $5.5 million.
They hope to break ground on the new site in the next four to six weeks, and be moved in next summer.

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