Homeless shelters prepare for cold front

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POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:56am

As the warm temperatures begin to die down, Rio Grande Valley residents are preparing for the cold front that's coming in over the next few days.

But for people who don't have the luxury of a home to go to every night, shelters are offering their assistance. 

"Well we are open," said Ozanam Center executive director Victor Maldonado. "Anybody who needs to come in, who needs shelter because of the cold weather we have coming in, our doors are gonna be open for anybody who needs shelter." 

"We're trying to put out those blankets, especially to those homeless individuals who live out in the streets, because those are the people who are exposed to the elements and being that it's gonna be super cold, we need to help them out and keep them covered up so that they won't be getting sick," said Good Neighbor Settlement House executive director Leo Rosales.

But in addition to providing warmth to the individuals who may need it most, the shelters are there to help people until they get back on their feet.

"We're gonna try and give out the sweaters and coats to those who don't have any," said Rosales.

"One of the things that we do provide is three meals a day, clothes, personal hygiene kits," said Maldonado. "We do have a case manager that helps individuals with anything that they need or if they need referrals to other agencies who might provide different services, we have a caseworker to do that."

Officials say you can help by simply donating warm clothes and blankets.

"When you see how some of these homeless people live, just put yourself in that situation of being out there in the cold, especially if it's drizzling, how it would feel," said Rosales.

The Ozanam Center is located at 656 N. Minnesota Ave. To contact this facility, call 956 831 6331. The doors are always open.

Good Neighbor Settlment House is located at 1254 E. Tyler St. While they provide breakfast and lunch, overnight stays are not allowed. To call this facility, dial 956 542 2368.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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