LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is seeing more people in need of help this Thanksgiving season. There are higher numbers of the newly desperate showing up at the doors of the Mission for food, clothing and shelter.

Men, women and children are suffering from what has largely been a jobless recovery: with new jobs being part time, temporary and lower wage employment. The lingering impacts of a tough recession are still hitting people hard.

The Mission expects to serve about 350 meals at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday (before Thanksgiving) at its main location at 3117 W. Marshall Avenue in Longview. Mission volunteers serve guests the holiday meal in a warm family atmosphere. The menu is traditional: turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato, cranberry sauce, roll, and pumpkin pie.

KLTV was on site to capture our Veteran’s Day celebration at the Mission. In spite of the cold weather, we hosted many veterans and members of the community for this special day to celebrate their service to our country.

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Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Sun Nov 9, 2014. 

By Phil Latham

Just before 10 a.m. on Election Day, a line formed outside of a small building in the 300 block of South Mobberly Avenue. 

A group of young men milled impatiently at the door, hands in pockets against the slight chill of the morning.

They were not waiting to vote. 

The building houses a business called Twisted Smoke, and the group had gathered for the opening of the store that sells, among other items, potpourri — also called synthetic marijuana. This is not your mother’s potpourri, but the variety that is smoked to achieve a legal, powerful — and some say dangerous — high.

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Sat Oct 25, 2014.

By Christina Lane

A few years ago, Michael Eades would turn to the bottle instead of to God whenever he had a problem, and he watched as his life slowly spiraled out of control.

He found himself going down “a dark road,” depressed and drinking alcohol all the time. When he would lay his head down at night, he was discontent.

His family was concerned, but he thought he could handle it himself.

“I was too proud to ask for help,” he said.

Eventually, he found himself in a hole from which he couldn’t make his way out.

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:52 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.

By Richard Yeakley

A solitary jar of peanut butter sits on the shelves of the Longview Community Ministries’ Food Box food pantry.

The lack of peanut butter — a staple given out in food boxes by the ministry to more than 13,000 families each year — is a sign of the hard season felt by nonprofit organizations across East Texas.

Officials with area food pantries said Tuesday that they are feeling the squeeze as summer comes to a close, reporting they are low on food donations while high on demand.

Posted: Sep 09, 2014 4:26 PM PST Updated: Sep 09, 2014 8:32 PM PST

By Holly Gonzalez

“Promises of 'I'm going to do better this time, I'm going to be better.' You want to believe them. You do,” says Nancy Henry Phillips, a victim of longtime domestic abuse.

Phillips says watching the video of Rice and his now-wife brings a rush of negative memories.

“It's probably not the first time he's ever been abusive… domestic violence can start very suddenly. It can just be just a word or two of negativity…Then, it blows up from there,” Phillips says.

She says Janay Palmer's decision to support her husband, Ray Rice, sends the wrong message.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:00 am

Updated: 6:51 am, Wed Sep 10, 2014.

By Phil Latham

Video cameras don’t record the action in the small houses and shacks of America. The cheap motel rooms on Marshall Avenue don’t have cameras, either. For that matter, in the middle class homes and fine houses of the wealthy what goes on behind closed doors may be talked about but is rarely seen.

Glitzy casinos have video cameras everywhere security can hang one, though, and that is how Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Rice got caught throwing a vicious straight left that took down his then-fiancee, Janay, like a sack of garbage thrown to the curb.

A short time later, the happy couple got hitched.

Tina Brown, a staff member at the Hiway 80 RescueMission women’s shelter, has a theory about why that marriage occurred and why women stay with men who beat them — even returning after they have escaped.

Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:04 am, Thu Sep 4, 2014. 

Longview News-Journal

Potential new residents of Longview probably are not often shown the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission as one of the many reasons they should make a home in Longview. We contend that’s an oversight.

We believe that even more firmly now that the mission is opening six cottages as part of the Women and Families Shelter project to help keep families in crisis together as a single unit.

The opening this week is the culmination of a three-year drive to increase this outreach to Longview, and it brings a resource not available for women and families even in some much larger cities.

The cost for building the six cottages was $900,000. Not a cent of it is government money of any sort. None even comes from efforts such as United Way. It all is from individual donations to Hiway 80.

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Sun Aug 31, 2014

By Bridget Ortigo

Tawnya Brummett said she was on her own in Tyler a couple of years ago with no place to go and no one to turn to for help.

“I was in an abusive relationship, and I finally walked out the door,” Brummett said. “I had no place to go, and I just called out to God.” 

Her journey took her to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. She lived in the mission’s Women and Families Shelter for about two years until Friday when she and two other women moved out to rent their own three-bedroom house.

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:27 am, Sun Aug 31, 2014.

By Richard Yeakley 

Kristina Gatti traveled with her 4-year-old daughter from Tyler to find temporary lodging at the Women and Families Shelter at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. 

The mother and child are housed in a dorm-style room, but they could be among the first families this week to move into one of six new, roomier cottages at the shelter.