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Aug 30, 2013 7:34 PM

Electricity Bills Too Much for Shelter

Corpus Christi- The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, located at 210 Alameda say they need donations from the public.

The skyrocketing electricity bills and increase in occupancy of residents, are making it hard to keep up with the monthly bills. Rafael Ortiz, with the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, says the shelter normally receives small donations throughout the year. Most of the time the donations are less than twenty-dollars,but Ortiz says when that money is added up, it's enough to pay their bills.

However, this month, their electricity bill came out to fifty one hundred dollars and they doubled their occupancy. The problem is the mission relies solely on public hand outs, so when the public gives less, they have less to give. Ortiz, says what happens in the summer typically is that donations go down because of family vacations and school starting.

The rescue mission has made some drastic changes this month to keep them in business. First they shut down their coffee shop, then closed the chapel located across the street. Ortiz says they have even set their thermostats at 75 degrees during the hottest hours. The Mission says they have already started using central heat, instead of wall units, and that has helped. Ortiz says his biggest concern is that the homeless on the street could be in danger from the hot temperatures.

The mission is asking people to donate today, and saying even five dollars will help. The donations will not only help the residents, but also the 22 cats that live there, and companion dogs that have been left by previous homeless residents that could no longer keep them.

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