Corpus Christi’s homeless shelters are bracing for a larger than usual crowd this week with temperatures dropping below freezing. This arctic front has brought bitter cold with wind chills in the 20’s and the highs in the mid 30’s.
It all adds up to a dangerous, and potentially deadly, situation for anyone without shelter, especially overnight.
With temperatures continuing to drop all over the Coastal Bend, some shelters are expanding hours to help take in more people.
The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter, located at 210 S. Alameda, has been helping people since 1953. Since Hurricane Harvey, they have had more than 200 people seeking shelter.
People seeking shelter might stay there or be sent next door to the Salvation Army’s shelter or go to any of the city’s temporary facilities.
Just underneath the Crosstown Freeway, folks have set up tents to keep warm. The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission’s main shelter currently is trying to help them and others in the area to stay warm during this cold blast. The shelter has about 230 beds full, but officials say they will do what they can to accept more residents.
Whenever the temperature is forecast to drop below 40-60 degrees, the mission encourages the homeless in the area to stay the night. They can receive a hot meal, a shower and a safe place to sleep.
They average about 180-185 residents in the mission’s regular shelter which is occupied year-round, but when the temperatures drop, mattresses are laid onto the floor to accommodate another 50-60 people.
The doors to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter are open 24/7/365 and if you lost your ID, they will receive you without one and help you get a replacement.
The shelter can always use new volunteers and supplies like towels, washcloths and blankets. Financial support is crucial for staffing and services.