Non-profit suffering from oil downturn

Non-profit suffering from oil downturn

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The Permian Basin Mission Center has been helping those in need for 16 years, but with the current state of the economy, they are the ones looking for the help.

"Because of the drop of oil prices, the need for our clients has gone up and the funding has gone down," said Hector Aguilar, Executive Director of the Permian Basin Mission Center.

The mission center provides food, clothing, furniture, toiletries, rental and utility assistance.

"What I think that makes our mission center so unique, all of our donations that our given to us, we give away," said Aguilar.

The center hasn't received the amount of funding or donations, they have in the past. They have been struggling to continue to help families throughout the community.

"People that have been laid off, people that are struggling right now has actually increased. We are kind of at a stretching point, where the resources we have to help have diminished and the needs are growing," said Greg Simmons, Board Chairman.

The center currently provides food to about 100 families a day. All of the food is purchased through the funding they get through churches and the community. The center has not been able to assist clients with rent and utilities because of the decrease in funding.

The executive director says they do not want to let up on the amount of families they help, so they are reaching out to the community for assistance.

"When you drive around town, you see a lot of stacked rigs. Every single one of those rigs, represents a family in need. Those are the families that we try to help," said Aguilar.

The Mission Center says they are looking for funding, donations, and volunteers.

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