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05/31/08-Longview

Longview Shelter Needing Public Help

The House of Hope in Longview is facing a long summer without any relief from the heat. Last year, the home was rebuilt after a car crashed through the building.

But on a limited budget, they have barely enough to buy food for meals and clothing. They care for women who had some bad breaks. But now the shelter itself is in need of help.

"It's really hot. We're needing an air conditioner for our facility. No one underwrites our budget, so what comes in daily and weekly and monthly is what we live on," said shelter volunteer Helen Reynolds.

With the heat already here, the rooms are sweltering. They need an air conditioning system so the women have a place to stay.

"It will be hard, very hard. And if you don't have the survival tools, it's going to be double hard," said shelter resident Valencia Brown.

For the women it's a place where they can rebuild their lives, and they don't want to lose it.

"I am 61 years old, and I never thought that I would be homeless. We really need lots of things that people just don't realize that you have to go without when you're homeless," said shelter resident Donna Hafner.

They work to help others get a second chance at life, and now they hope the public will give them that same chance.

"We just feel like there's someone out there that can come and help us" Reynolds said.   

The shelter houses between 35 and 38 women each night. If you'd like to help, you can call the House of Hope at 903-295-0904.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

bhallmark@kltv.com  

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