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Local shelters prepare for homeless population to seek shelter from cold weather

Shelters prepare for cold weather
Posted at 6:51 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 19:51:26-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Having to be out in cold temperatures for a long period of time can be very dangerous and yet the sad reality; there are many folks in the community who are in need of a warm place to go.

“I just pray and hope to God I find a good place to go,” said Alvin Villarreal who is searching for warm shelter.

Villarreal says he’s aware of how cold the weather is expected to make a huge presence in the Corpus Christi City streets. Villarreal says he plans to find the best place for him so he can stay warm.

Villarreal helps around the Mother Teresa Shelter where workers say they are looking into extending their daytime hours.

“You want to be in a safe environment where everything is okay you don’t have to worry about violence or anybody manipulating you, or something like that,” said Villarreal.

Volunteers with the Mother Teresa Shelter are prepping for cold weather and they are not alone. Workers with the Salvation Army say they have a room available and are ready for an influx of folks who are in need of shelter.

The nonprofit says they will also pass out warm attire in their mobile canteen.

“The purpose of us going out tomorrow and the canteen is to distribute these items but also encourage those who are homeless to come into the shelter because the temperatures are going to be really really cold,” said community relations director Salvation Army Monica Barrera.