Galveston homeless shelter seeks temporary location

- A homeless shelter in Galveston fears the shelter itself is on the brink of homelessness. The Children's Center is hoping the St. John's Lutheran Church will soon be their temporary home but the decision comes with some controversy.

From the outside the Children's Center looks very unassuming. But inside it's home to 70 people and the majority of who they serve might surprise you.

"The average face of a homeless person in Galveston county is 10 years old," Executive Director Terry Keel said.

We're talking middle school students, many in desperate need of somewhere to live. Come March 1 the Children's Center must move because they sold their current location in hopes of finding a bigger place. But a big challenge has become communities saying 'not in my backyard.'

"That's historically always the issue when you're locating human services into residential areas, and part of the process is also trying to let folks know that these important services to people, and we try to be good stewards, and try to provide good care, and good neighbors," Keel said.

In the meantime, the center is hoping to use the church till they can find a temporary home. St. John's is on board. The Children's Center says the need is becoming greater by the day while the deadline is quickly approaching.

"The biggest fear is we have more children than parents and these children would face homelessness again because all of the shelters in greater Houston area are full," Keel said.

City council will vote on the church becoming a temporary resort at the end of January.

You can donate towards the shelter's permanent location: www.childrenscenterinc.org

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