Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for offering shelter from cold
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.
Cold weather is little more than a nuisance to most residents of the Crossroads. For a few days during the year, we bundle up in heavy coats, wear long sleeves and throw an extra blanket or two on the bed and turn up the heater at night.
But for others, especially the homeless population, cold weather is a serious problem. Those without a shelter to go to must find a way to find a safe place to spend the night with some method of staying warm.
Thankfully, some community groups - including the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition, Mid-Coast Family Services, Restoration House and Gulf Bend Center - are coming together to help the homeless find a safe, warm place to spend the night during the cold weather.
The Pine Street Community Center has been turned into an emergency warming shelter for those with nowhere else to go during cold nights. People who sought out the shelter Wednesday night were given a meal donated by Grace Lutheran Church and Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and a cot to sleep on.
We are glad to know homeless people are able to find a warm place to spend the night as temperatures drop below freezing in Victoria. The homeless are some of the most vulnerable members of the community when it comes to extreme weather, and we applaud all of the nonprofits, community groups, volunteers and more who came together to offer them a warm, safe place to spend the night.
Although temperatures are gradually warming up again, cold weather is never far away during this time of year.
We encourage Mid-Coast, the Homeless Coalition and others to continue this arrangement, and we encourage members of the community to step up and help provide for this effort to offer shelter from the cold nights by donating mats, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and coats as well as monetary donations and volunteers. Those who want to help should call the Mid-Coast Family Services office at 361-575-7842.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this warming center possible. We hope it will become a regular service, similar to the Salvation Army cooling center in the summer, offered for the most vulnerable in our community during times of freezing temperatures.
We are grateful our community is home to so many caring individuals working together to help others. We hope that effort will continue.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.