Salvation Army Shelter Ready For Homeless

Josh Navarro

Newswest 9

ODESSA- Another cold snap is expected across the Basin, with temperatures dropping into the 20's.

Those freezing temperatures could be a dangerous threat to the homeless who can't find a place to stay in for the night, and the Salvation Army in Odessa says they're ready to receive an increase of people in their shelter.

"We do bring in extra blankets, we've got cots if we need to set them up," Salvation Army Lodging Caseworker, Kaye Hanks.

Hanks said they encourage people who live on the streets to stay in with them during these wintry weather conditions.

"There's a lot that they say they prefer to stay outside but when the weather is cold like it has been we try to get them to come into the shelter at least for the night. And then they are welcome to leave at anytime," Hanks said.

Hanks said anyone can stay and no ID is required. The shelter can house up to 250 people and on one side of the shelter is for men and the other for females, and a hot meal that is served in their dining area. Officials say there wasn't many people who stayed Sunday night, but they do expect more to stay Monday night. If there isn't enough room they'll open up their gym for the extra guests and help out in anyway they can.

"If you don't have coats, we'll try to get you coats. We'll try to help in anyway that we can, as far as the cold weather and all," Hanks said.

Those who need shelter Monday The Salvation Army shelter is open daily from 5 p.m. and closes it's doors for the night at 9 p.m.