Homeless population welcomed to area shelters

The Good Samaritan doors are open for people looking for a warm and safe place to escape the cold.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The staff at the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission are seeing more traffic than usual Tuesday which is good because that means there are fewer people on the streets trying to survive in this chilly weather.

"Right now we are probably looking at 250 people, and we are anticipating 260 to 270 here in the next couple of days," said Assistant Director Rick Brewer.

The Good Samaritan doors are open for people looking for a warm and safe place to escape the cold.

"We have been stocking up on blankets, towels, hygiene products and food donations," Brewer said.

Making sure they have extra resources available to help where they can.

"We'll clear out whatever space we have to put down mattresses or set up cots to provide blankets and pillows and all that sort of thing until we get past this cold spell," Brewer said.

According to Brewer, the Good Samaritan, have been working with the police department who is helping escort people to the shelter.

'We have probably five to six people that were dropped of overnight, and we've seen a steady stream of police dropping people off today," Brewer said.

Good Samaritan was overwhelmed with food and other donations after Hurricane Harvey but what they need the most right now is monetary donations. The shelter runs 24/7 and has to call in staff to monitor the volume of residents who come.

"Not only because of the staffing but because of the electric bills heating bills and food that sort of thing," Brewer said.

Corpus Christi Police Department said some people have turned down the offer to take them to a shelter, but the police are still approaching anyone they may see walking the street. 

"We will help you. We will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable and protected you're safe," Brewer said.

The Salvation Army is at full capacity, but Good Samaritan has plenty of space available for those who need it. 

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