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Students warm up lives at Longview mission

Crisman School seventh-grader Jordan Crews helps unload donated items with other students Friday at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in, Sat Feb 8, 2014.


The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has been providing shelter for homeless East Texans since 1955 and now they are expanding the women and family shelter to meet their over flow needs. A new $900,000 expansion will provide women and their children a private place to live until they can get back on their feet. Current residents say they are looking forward to the new changes.

On an average night, 60 to 70 homeless East Texas women come to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission facilities for shelter, but right now there's only enough beds for 50 people.

"Almost every night we have women and children who have to be in our overflow," Special Projects Coordinator Kim Langston said. "They're on cots, they're on mats. So, it's a much needed project for space."


As the face of homelessness evolves in our community, we at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission have experienced an increase in the number of homeless, hungry and hurting women and children we serve. Having shuffled from one dangerous and unhealthy environment to another – from living in motels riddled with drugs and prostitution, to living with abusive men to living in cars, on the streets or in the woods – these women and children are in desperate need of nourishment of body and soul by the time they finally reach our doors.

You never know what you’ll find on Facebook, but sometimes it’s a gem. 

We discovered a short clip of a man performing a country song in a pawn shop. We didn’t have his name, but we knew where the video was shot - A&W Pawn in Longview.

Pawn shop owner Debbie Witherspoon says sometimes her customers have talent. Witherspoon said a couple days earlier, two guys wandered in and one of them started playing.

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Click here to watch the second part of “Where Are You Christmas,” short videos describing Hiway 80 Rescue Mission’s services during the Christmas season.

Click here to watch the part one of “Where Are You Christmas,” short videos describing Hiway 80 Rescue Mission’s services during the Christmas season.

Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 7:08 am, Wed Dec 25, 2013.

By Angela Ward

A singing Santa and a bevy of volunteers helped set the merry mood for a Christmas Eve dinner at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

For many of the volunteers, helping out at the mission’s dinner is a family tradition every bit as important as decorating trees or making cookies.

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 4:00 am

By Angela Ward

Now that Christmas is over, the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is moving on to its next big project: expanding its Women & Families Shelter.

Executive Director Eric Burger said the dirt work has already started on the $900,000 project, which will double the number of beds for women and children at the shelter. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

In addition to providing shelter for more people, this will allow us to separate mothers with children from single women,” Burger said.

By Summer Dashe


East Texas families put aside their presents on Tuesday to join another kind of East Texas family. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, in Longview, held its annual Christmas Eve luncheon and volunteers of all ages showed up to serve the needy.

This is a Christmas tradition for Michael Herrington. Serving food at The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission on Christmas Eve began fouryears ago.