Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for working to help those in need
Homelessness is a hardship that affects many individuals in communities across the United States. Victoria and other Crossroads communities are no exception. The causes of homelessness vary widely from person to person, but the result is the same. People are left in vulnerable positions, have no stability and are often shunned by society.
Thankfully, Victoria has many different groups focused on helping people struggling with homelessness. The Victoria Area Homeless Coalition and other groups work together to offer some of the most vulnerable people in our community food, shelter and other basic needs. Throughout the past several years, we have seen groups, such as the Salvation Army, which offers a cooling shelter during the summer and a homeless shelter, and Perpetual Help Home, a faith-based shelter for women and children, offer assistance through a myriad of programs intended to improve the lives of the homeless and break the negative cycle these people often find themselves in.
Now, another shelter has joined the Victoria community. House of Dreams is a new faith-based shelter specifically for women and children. The 3,600-square-foot home opened earlier this month and can house up to 20 residents. This shelter was founded by Theresa Klacman with assistance from the Homeless Coalition and is partnering with Faith Family Church.
The shelter aims to use Christian principles to help break the cycle of homelessness, Klacman said in a previous article. Women will receive training through financial and parenting classes, job training, health examinations from DeTar Hospital and Bible studies. All of this will go toward equipping the residents to build better, more stable lives for themselves and their families.
We applaud this addition to the Victoria community. It is far too easy to overlook or ignore some of the most vulnerable members of our community. But Victoria is home to many groups whose sole focus is assisting those individuals. We are glad to see another shelter joining the effort to address the issue of homelessness in our community.
We look forward to seeing the positive influence House of Dreams will have on our community. Above all, we hope all of the women who come to the shelter will see a drastic, positive shift in their lives. Homelessness is a dangerous thing. With so many functioning shelters and assistance programs in our community, we look forward to seeing more and more people make the shift from a life of uncertainty and instability to a permanent home with confidence and hope.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.