Posted: Dec 20, 2012 4:40 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 4:58 PM
HARLINGEN - Homeless shelter operators are preparing for a surge in the number of people seeking refuge as temperatures dip.
Bill Reagan with Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen said they expected some 15 more people Thursday night.
The Salvation Army shelter in McAllen had more room available. Officials said they only had 60 people Thursday. The shelter can accommodate up to 500 people.
"Babies or children that drink milk, we have a refrigerator where they can keep their milk for the time being. Older persons, if they're taking any medication, please bring it along with them because we do not have any type of medication here for anyone," Salvation Army shelter Manager Juan Mares said.
"We have outreach workers that go out. They're out right now looking for folks that we can invite to bring in and make sure anybody who's out on the streets, that at least they know that they can come here and stay the night," Reagan said.
The Salvation Army and Loaves and Fishes shelters open at 6 p.m.
The Salvation Army shelter is located at the corner of Pecan and 23rd streets in McAllen. The telephone number is 956-682-1468
Loaves and Fishes is at 514 South E Street. The shelter's telephone number is 956-423 1014
The Ozanam Center shelter is located at 656 North Minnesota Road in Brownsville. The shelter's telephone number is 956-831-6331