Longview Women's Shelter Needs Your Help

After a car crashed through the House Of Hope Women's Shelter last year, the organization has been working on a limited budget, barely having enough to buy food and clothing for their residents. As KLTV 7's Bob Hallmark reports, they're now facing a long summer without relief from the heat.

The House Of Hope cares for women who've had some bad breaks - some homeless, some trying to escape abusive relationships. Now, it's the house itself that's in need of help.

"It's really hot in here," says Helen Reynolds, who volunteers at the shelter. "We're needing an air conditioner for our facility. What comes in daily and weekly and monthly is what we live on."

With the Texas summer 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," says Valencia Brown, who resides at the shelter.

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," explains Donna Hafner.

The shelter is working 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."

Bob Hallmark / bhallmark@kltv.com