Shelters Preparing For Extreme Cold Weather Ahead

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With bitter cold temperatures expected to hit West Texas in the next couple of days, shelters like The Salvation Army and Journey Home are ready to take in anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

"We're ready with beds and blankets. We still have room for 10 men and 3 in the women's section," Salvation Army Official, Ilda Rodriguez said.

The Salvation Army usually follows a set of guidelines for people who come seeking shelter. 

For example, the person must have a valid ID, but officials say during freezing temperatures, those policies can be waived.

"We're willing to take in anybody. Even if we're filled up, we'll find space for them. We want people to have a place to stay," Rodriguez said.

Just last month, Journey Home had 30 bed spaces available, but now they have 60 beds added in their expansion room, ready for the cold days ahead.

"We have to expand; everyday, someone new comes in," Journey Home official, Gilbert Delgado said.

Both shelters say providing that warm place to stay goes a long way, even if it is just for a few nights.