Local Church Breaks Ground For New Shelter That's Expected to Help Hundreds
March 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 11:38 AM
By: Alexa Williams NewsWest 9
ODESSA - 1335 E. 6th Street in Odessa may just look like your typical Odessa flat land, but in just a few years, this plot of land will be filled with seven buildings to help hundreds of people.
"It's going to meet so many needs of homeless children. It's also going to help people who are burned out with fires and things like that. People are coming through the area that are stranded and people are just in basic need," Donny Kyker, Pastor of Jesus House Odessa, said.
The vision of Jesus House Odessa is becoming a reality. On Thursday morning, the church broke ground for what they're calling the Jesus Center. The center will help women and children, homeless and even recovering addicts.
Each of which will have their own building to house them on their road to recovery.
"I know there are people out there concerned about more homeless coming here but the homeless will always be around us so it's about time that we find a way to get them out of homelessness and back into a working society," Kyker said.
Once the Jesus Center is open, it'll be available for anyone in the Basin. The shelters are expected to house at least 200 people and no one will ever be turned away.
"We're not here to take away from any shelter, we're here to be an extra help, an extra support for that," Kyker said.