North Texas Salvation Army helps nearly 300 escape freezing temperatures – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Nearly 300 people stayed warm on Saturday night thanks to the Salvation Army’s heated shelters in North Texas amid the frigid start of the new year.
“We have opened our heated shelters in Plano, Denton, Lewisville, McKinney and Garland,” said Beckie Wach, executive director of adult and family programs for the North Texas Salvation Army.
Inside the shelters are cots six feet apart, coats, jackets, and a warm place to stay.
“Each of our shelters can usually handle around 75 people to house in our shelters,” Wach said. “We were able to accommodate 245 people in these 5 shelters last night. We expect it to be much higher tonight.”
Social workers and case managers can help families find a permanent home.
“Every time we provide warm shelters, it gives us the opportunity to reach a deeper level with people and make sure they understand the resources we have,” Wach said.
Wach is asking the public to help spread awareness about heated shelters.
“If you’re shopping and you see someone in their car or around the corner, just encourage them to go to a center and get help because we want them to. stay warm tonight, ”Wach said. .
Those in heated shelters will receive a hot meal and a safe place to stay, and no one will be turned away.
You can find the address of the North Texas Salvation Army heated shelters here.
There are other cold weather shelters open in North Texas.
Union Gospel Mission Dallas has space for families in need at 3211 Irving Boulevard in Dallas. Those in need can also call 214-637-6117.
If you would like to drop off blankets, coats, or donate food and supplies, please visit www.ugmdallas.org