Nonprofit brings COVID-19 testing to homeless shelter

“It was important for us to respond to their needs.”
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:40 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - For some, getting to a coronavirus testing site can be a difficult challenge as is the case of our homeless and less fortunate population. Twin City Mission says when the community can’t get to the resources you bring the resources to the community.

Thursday the nonprofit teamed up with Curative to bring its mobile testing van to the Doug Weedon Shelter for Hope.

“It was important for us to respond to their needs.” said Ron Crozier, the director of community relations for Twin City Mission.

Crozier says the goal of the nonprofit is to be responsive to the community and those who come to them for help. That’s why he says it was important for the team at Twin City Mission to bring the testing site to its clients.

“If they come here and stay at the shelter and we profess to be trying to help them better their situation, but we don’t provide this type of testing, then we’re falling short of what people expect us to do,” said Crozier.

Tamara Duren, homeless service manager for Twin City Mission, says the community depends on the nonprofit for a lot of services so it was vital that they step up and meet the need.

Posted by Twin City Mission on Thursday, January 14, 2021

“It’s important that we are able to meet the community where we can,” said Duren. “Since we serve the community meals and our clients are here, it just seemed appropriate that we have it here.”

Crozier says it’s all about a community taking care of its own.

“They don’t have a lot of choices. They don’t have a lot of options. This just gives them one more choice,” said Crozier. “We are in a position to lead by example, and it has to start at the grassroots level. It has to start on the front lines.”

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