Homeless shelter in danger of shutting down

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  1. hvactec

    hvactec VIP Member

    Jan 17, 2010
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    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A homeless shelter in southwest Houston may be forced to close and that could mean putting families out on the streets. Explosions at a nearby plant are said to have played a role in the financial troubles at the Second Chance Refuge Ministry.

    astor Janice Caslin of New Deliverance Church says the congregation lost a lot of members, and thereby donations the homeless shelter depended on after an explosion at a chemical plant just a few steps away across the street.

    Times have been tough for 30-year-old Raven Gillard and her two children. They are among 33 people living at a shelter run by New Deliverance Church and Pastor Caslin.

    "It means a safe haven," Gillard said. "She's helped us out a lot."

    But recently the homeless residents at Second Chance Refuge Ministry have been dealing with the reality this shelter could soon be forced to close its doors.

    "Well, the bills have been mounting up," said Pastor Caslin. "Until a couple of weeks ago, we actually didn't have food -- for not even the next day."

    Pastor Caslin explained that the non-profit shelter survives off of donations -- donations that have been dwindling since Caslin says membership dropped after a huge explosion at the Marcus Oil and Chemical plant across the street back in 2004.

    "Now you have a handful of people that's trying to carry the load that maybe, say 200 people carried at one time," Pastor Caslin said.

    The Second Chance shelter is not only home to Gillard and her kids, but Caslin says the church is helping more than 30 men with a temporary place to stay, including former addicts and people on parole and probation trying to transition into productive lives.

    "We need funding to help us from month to month," Pastor Caslin said. "We're constantly getting guys from TDC every week, sometimes two or three times a week."

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    Homeless shelter in danger of shutting down due to financial woes | abc13.com
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  2. iamwhatiseem

    iamwhatiseem Gold Member

    Aug 19, 2010
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    So why don't they ask the homeless people to help?
    They say they don't have enough staff to provide help for 200 people...WTF?...how about the 200 people help out?


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