MCALLEN, Texas – The Salvation Army in McAllen is opening its doors to those in need of shelter during this cold snap. Officials say they are ready to house 150 people who need a warm place to stay during this week’s cold weather. Officials say no identification is needed and anyone in the Rio Grande Valley can take advantage of the facility where beds and warm meals are provided. McAllen Police are patrolling and picking up those sleeping out in the street and taking them to the shelter.
Adolf Aguirre, Salvation Army, “We had a few people come in the middle of the night. Then when we did our regular check in and then just throughout the night, we had people checking in. This morning what we’re doing is actually passing out some coats to people and we’re allowing them to come in during the day letting them sit in our lobby. That way we can watch them and supervise them make sure they’re okay. We have some coffee out so that they can warm up, get out of the cold weather.”
The shelter is located on 1600 North 23rd street in McAllen. Salvation Army Officials say the city of Pharr has offered an additional location if the shelter reaches capacity.
ADDITIONAL RGV SHELTER LOCATIONS:
1600 N. 23rd Street, McAllen
656 N. Minnesota Avenue, Brownsville
Loaves and Fishes
514 S. “E” Street, Harlingen
First Baptist Church
600 S. Kansas Street, Weslaco
Wings on Fire Ministry
1207 North Avasolo Street, Rio Grande City