Permian Basin Area Foundation gives $100k to the Odessa Salvation Army

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The Salvation Army building in Odessa has been around for more than 40 years. In that time, no major upgrades have been done to their facility. Now, they're one step close to getting the whole building renovated, thanks to one organization.

The building was built in 1976 which is why over the years, they've been in desperate need of renovations for guests who walk through their doors. Not because of neglect, but they didn't have the funds.

Funding is provided by local donations and their partner agency, United Way.

In the men's restroom, the walls have deteriorated since the rain leaks into the ceiling and washes away sheet rock and other materials.

"The bathrooms, especially the men's, are in poor shape," said Major Guy Watts with the Odessa Salvation Army. "There are places where parts of the walls or other areas are totally missing eroded away. For many years, 7-10 years, we needed a new roof, but we didn't have money for the roof. We recently got the roof repaired in December 2016."

But thanks to the Permian Basin Area Foundation, the shelter will see some changes soon. The organization is providing $100,000 to the shelter.

"It's awesome, the community here is very supportive, we thank them for their generosity and supporting us and sending donations to the Salvation Army," said Watts.

The shelter plans to use those funds for a new roof and to extend their bed capacity from 30 to 52. Because with a helping hand, whenever the homeless walk in, now, they'll have a better roof over their heads.

"These funds will better our facility so we can better serve our homeless population," said Watts. "We're open 365 days a year, we serve meals and provide showers, and there are a lot of services we provide, sometimes other homeless shelters don't provide. We're grateful for the opportunity to be here and serve those less fortunate than us."

The check presentation will be outside the building of the Salvation Army in Odessa at 11:30 a.m. this morning.

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