West Texas Groups Work to Help Homeless Make it Through Freezing Nights 11/20/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
November 20, 2013
Midland-Odessa - The first big winter storm is making its way to the basin and promises freezing temperatures and showers; that can make life for the homeless unbearable.
However, local volunteers are working to change that.
For over ten years, Jesus House has been serving the invisible.
This past year, their mission has grown tremendously, joining forces with Church Under the Bridge Midland. They're also seeing more people than ever needing help.
Both groups have been preparing early for Nite Strikes.
"You're actually going into the places where they stay," Donny Kyker, pastor of Jesus House said.
On nights where it dips below freezing, volunteers with Jesus House and CUTBM hit the streets in both Odessa and Midland taking the homeless food and clothes.
"I think what we do is something that keeps them alive during the winter months," Kyker said. ďAt least until we get more shelters or more housing."
This year they're serving more people than ever and they rely on the community for help.
"We're collecting sleeping bags, blankets, thermals, gloves, toboggans," Kyker said.
While Kyker and his group may not know what lies ahead in terms of housing, they do know they'll be on the streets helping the homeless make it through the night.
Both Jesus House and Church Under the Bridge Midland plan on heading out this Friday for Nite Strike.
The groups are in need of donations and volunteers.
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You can drop off donations at Jesus House located at 1335 E 6th St. in Odessa. To find out more information visit: