New women veteran's homeless shelter opening in Northeast El Paso

New women veteran's homeless shelter opening in Northeast El Paso

POSTED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 3:14pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 9:57pm

A local organization is opening a homeless shelter for woman veterans in Northeast El Paso. The Hope Institute is one step away of completing a new home for those who desperately need it, but you can still help, this will be the first of its kind shelter but there's still some work to do.

Several organizations are joining forces to make sure the center opens before Christmas.

"How could I not, how could anybody not help, I volunteered on some weekends that I could but I’ve been here ever since December trying to see the project till fruition,” volunteer SGM. Jerry Bailey said.

The new shelter will house 8 veterans in a common home environment. According to director Hope Jackson, the goal of their organization is also to motivate others to join.

"This is my city this is your city this is our city it’s our community and until everyone really understands the true meaning of community then programs like this can succeed," Jackson said.

The El Paso electrician’s joint apprenticeship organization has already pledged to help.

Director Michael Waldo says assisting in projects like this brings the community together and helps those who served our country.

"It means putting back in our community when you’re doing well you need to put back and not necessarily giving hands out but hands up to help people get back on their feet help them become successful and make a decent living," Waldo said.

But even though the project is almost complete there's a list of things that are needed for its opening before the winter.

That’s why they're asking for your help.

"Those who gave their lives who put their lives in harm’s way so that you can have what you have today that you thought on how you would give back to insure that they have a Christmas dinner like yours and that they have a roof over their heads as well," Jackson added.

The center is expected to be open before December 15th.

If you wish to donate this is the list of items needed, monetary or in-kind donations of any of the following items:

Laborers and materials for plumbing and electrical requirements,
16-Passenger Van, Landscaping Materials,
8775 BTU air conditioning/heating unit, 75000 BTU furnaces,
750sf of floor and wall tile,
Office furnishings,
Ten computers w/ printers; copier, shredder,
Eight twin beds, eight night stands, eight mattresses,
Eight chairs, eight twin size beds-in-a-bags, six wardrobes;
Ten windows with the following dimensions: 50.5h x 91w (1 each), 38h x 52.5w (3 each), 36 x 35w (2 each), 18h x 36w (2 each), 36h x 36w (2 each).

Call 915-872-9927 for more information.

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