Letters to the Editor

December 31, 2013

Shelter for families

The Union Gospel Mission applauds your Dec. 19 editorial, “Families need mission’s new shelter plan,” as we begin to build the new Scott Walker Women and Families Service Center.

The Union Gospel Mission applauds your Dec. 19 editorial, “Families need mission’s new shelter plan,” as we begin to build the new Scott Walker Women and Families Service Center.

As the title implies this building is designed to provide services and shelter to women and families in desperate need.

The Mission receives 200-plus calls a month from women seeking shelter for themselves and their children, and the new building will not only provide this much-needed shelter but also the services necessary so these folks can quickly rebuild their lives and exit homelessness.

In this regard, we and the other homeless centers east of downtown have had remarkable success in recent years in transforming lives and transitioning clients back to being productive citizens.

The shelters have been located in the East Lancaster Avenue area for decades, and it does not seem productive or charitable to start to debate now where they should be located or how they provide services.

Let’s all work together with what we have and allow the shelters to have the facilities to achieve their main goal, which is to end homelessness.

— Bill Bailey and Peter Philpott,

Fort Worth

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