'A rude awakening' for 11 homeless men seeking shelter at Salvation Army
Heavy rains cause Paisano location's roof to cave in, temporarily displacing 11 men
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The heavy rain displaced 11 homeless men who were seeking shelter at the Salvation Army. The roof over the men's sleeping area caved in Tuesday night around 5 am at 4300 Paisano.
Salvation Army organizers had to scramble to find space for the men at the building's dining hall. The Area Commander with the Salvation Army said the sudden indoor downpour startled the sleeping men.
"Well actually it was a very rude awakening. One of the individuals got all wet and all of his stuff got wet so we've given him a voucher to go to the thrift store to get more clothes and get himself taken care of. But yes, it has been a fun opportunity and obviously we have some damage done,” Major Mike Morton, the Area Commander for the Salvation Army said.
Officials explained that specific part of the shelter is completely inhabitable and they are unsure how long the men's area will be closed off. They are also looking for monetary donations to help pay for the damages insurance will not cover.
Other areas of the building were not affected.