Basin Shelters Prepare to Fill Up as Snow Comes Down

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- The Salvation Army in Midland is getting prepared to take in anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

Captain Tex Ellis tells NewsWest 9, "Fortunately, we do have a little bit of room right now in our shelter. We've been full for quite awhile. I think we had four beds empty last night so if we do have extra people tonight, we'll have room for them. The place is warm and dry and there's food available. It's a safe place to be if you don't have anywhere to go."

Office Manager, Anna Delgado, told NewsWest 9, "People may be a little embarrassed [to come here] but we've all had struggles and that's what we're here for. We want to help. We want to give people some hope by providing whatever they might need."

The Salvation Army's lobby will be open during daytime hours for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. Starting at five p.m., the shelter doors will open. Dinner is served nightly at no cost. If all the beds fill up, the shelter has mattresses and sleeping pads available for folks.

"We won't refuse anyone. We'll put them in the dining area if we need to. We'll find space for them," Delgado said.

The shelter will also have blankets on-hand to pass out to people who'd rather stay on the streets than inside of the facility. It's located at 3500 Park Lane in Midland, next to the Midland County Sheriff's Department. The shelter can be reached at (432) 683-3614.