Nacogdoches shelter notice increase of homeless people during holidays

Nacogdoches shelter notice increase of homeless people during holidays

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Around the holidays is when shelters start to see a jump in the number of people looking for a helping hand.  "Homeless in America" reports that more than 3 million Americans experience homelessness each year.

"Either people have lost their jobs, can't keep up with their rent or their house payment," Morris Randall, Godtel ministries Nacogdoches interim mission manager said.

There's no place like home for the holidays, unless you don't have one. Due to life situations some people here in the Pineywoods turn to shelters for the holidays.

"Certain circumstances in life that have landed them here," Randall said. "Godtel is here to help them out spiritually and to help them get back on their feet."

"People who come through here, a lot of them are from broken homes, been in the penitentiary, various problems, any problem you can think of they got," June Gentry, Godtel Ministries executive director/founder said.

This time of year most people are found shopping for presents to put under the Christmas tree, while others are just looking for a place to call home.
Randall said the intake of residents grown drastically.

"The percentage has risen a lot, especially during the holidays. I'd say about 60 percent," Randall said.

Randall said being homeless for the holidays can be one of the toughest times for the residents at Godtel.

"They come here they're so depressed, they're emotional, and I try to tell them it's going to be ok," Randall said. "It's just something that happened in your life that landed you here, but you can get back on your feet. It's not the end of the world."

This is why they do their best to make it feel just like home.

"What we do is we try to make a home experience for them," Gentry said.

"Godtel is like a family, once you come here we treat you like we want to be treated," Randall said.

Randall said due to the increase of intake Godtel in Nacogodoches has started building a new dorm for men. They hope to open a new women's facility when they get more funds.

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