A Day of Care will provide showers, clothing vouchers, haircuts by certified salon artists and barbers, basic care packages and lunch for homeless and low-income individuals at the First United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Other offerings will include health screenings by the DeTar Family Medical Residency program and Wesley Nurse program.

Free transit passes to the event will be available through Victoria Christian Assistance Ministries at 108 N. Liberty, which is open 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. The event will accommodate up to 200 attendees with meals.

Exhibitors from various agencies, including Mid-Coast Family Services, VCAM, the Victoria County Public Health Department, Victoria Transit and Restoration House Ministries will be available to provide information about community resources. King of Kings Cuts and Focus Salon will provide the haircuts, and First United Methodist Church will open its doors and its showers for the event.

“We are grateful to the church,” said Johanna Rohan with the 2-1-1 Area Information Center. “The theme is a ‘Day of Care’ in the morning, providing care for consumers, and the afternoon is about those who work every day in services to consumers ... with motivational speakers to help us continue being motivated to serve.”

The motivational speakers will give their presentations 1:30-3 p.m.

The phone number 2-1-1 is free, easy to remember and connects callers with health and human services in their areas.

“No matter where you live in Texas, you can call and get referrals to services available in local communities,” according to the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission website. “It is a free, multilingual line answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year round.”

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate.

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