LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The back-and-forth weather pattern has had an effect on East Texas shelters that help the homeless, and those who need a warm meal and a warm place to stay.
While the warm spell is welcomed, it does not diminish the use of resources that are spent in the cold time of need. The recent frigid spell had many East Texas shelters like the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission overloaded, housing and feeding over and above capacity.
"I think this is a good place not just for coming in from the cold weather, but I think this is a good place to come when you're seeking change," says shelter resident Jimmy Hughes. With the warm weather, shelter numbers traditionally drop off.
"Our numbers go down a little bit, but we don't have the highs and lows we used to. They don't go big numbers, but they thin down a little bit," says Hiway 80 Mission Director Eric Burger.