Jesus House Conducts Night Strikes To Help The Homeless 01/06/14
January 6, 2014
Odessa – Just months ago a West Texas man died from a winter storm that he couldn’t avoid because he was homeless. Now a group has set out to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Volunteers with Jesus House walk the freezing streets of Odessa carrying food, water and warm blankets to help those in need make it through the night nice and safe.
“There’s times that I lay in this tent and don’t have anything to eat,” said Homeless Odessan Enoch Geary.
Due to health reasons Geary has been forced to live in a tent for the past two years, for those two years Jesus House ministries has taken care of him.
“That’s my bed, and that’s my living room,” said Geary as he gave CBS 7 a tour of his small tent. Without the help from Jesus House, Geary says he would undoubtedly be dead. On Monday night, volunteers delivered pizza and water, and were welcomed by a warm thank you and a smile.
“We go out and try to help people as best we can, it’s cold out here. I mean, I couldn’t see staying out here in the freezing cold like this,” said Jesus House Volunteer James Caskey.
When asked how cold it was to stay in a tent all night, Geary paused, then said “Mam’ you don’t want me to answer that…it gets cold, horribly cold.”
So in order to stay warm each night, Geary lights a small propane fire provided by Jesus House, crawls into bed, and reads to keep his mind off the cold.
If you would like to donate to Jesus House, they are in need of sleeping bags, thermals, warm clothing and will always accept money. Donations can be brought to Jesus House located at 1335 E. 6th St, Odessa.