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The desire to see Hiway 80 Rescue Mission take over operations at Gateway to Hope, a day resource room for homeless people, came out of a conversation and friendship with the organization that grew, a Gateway board member said.

Tyler City Councilman Don Warren, a Gateway to Hope board member, said Hiway 80 was one of several area agencies that several months ago provided a caseworker to work with Gateway clients.

At that point, Gateway realized the importance for each of its clients to individually meet with a caseworker.

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 11:08 AM PDT / Updated: Mar 19, 2015 11:08 AM PDT

The two are working together to establish the particulars of this arrangement. This process involves determining the date that Gateway to Hope will reopen to provide services for the local homeless population.


Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Ministries has partnered with the Gateway to Hope board of directors to help the nonprofit reopen.

Gateway to Hope Chairman Tracy Crawford announced in February that the organization would be temporarily closing its doors.

"Some of the things that we were doing were actually a hindrance to what we said we were intending to do," Crawford said.

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Ministries is joining with Gateway to Hope in Tyler to help the nonprofit facility reopen.

Gateway to Hope — a day resource center for homeless residents — closed this past month to hire a new executive director and to reassess its role in the community.

The Rev. Eric Burger, executive director of Hiway 80, said details of the partnerships are still in the works.

"We are working together to establish the particulars of this arrangement," he said.

Burger said Hiway 80 plans to operate the facility for six months. Hiway 80 has an outreach office in Tyler.


Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 22:55 - Written by Victor Texcucano,

In the giving and caring spirit of the holiday season, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Tyler Outreach Team partnered with Glenwood Church of Christ and West Erwin Church of Christ to feed about 120 people during their annual Family Christmas Party.

As well as being fed, children who were pre-registered received presents provided by Hiway 80, as well as one-on-one time with Santa Claus. Children who weren’t pre-registered received stuffed animals.

Jerry Frazier, minister at Glenwood Church of Christ, said the Christmas party is an addition to what goes on at the Benevolence Center at West Erwin Church of Christ.

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:33 pm | Updated: 4:43 pm, Wed Dec 10, 2014.

Residents at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview were treated Wednesday to free pizza prepared by the Little Caesars’ Love Kitchen.

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars Vice President of Marketing Services, Stuart deGeus. “As members of the area business community, it’s important for us to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger." 

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 5:34 am, Sat Nov 29, 2014.

Several area shelters in Longview are in need of extra supplies due to upcoming cold weather and the Christmas season approaching, organization directors said Friday.

“We always need new and used twin-sized sheets and pillow cases for our shelter,” Salvation Army Commanding Officer Maj. Ernest Lozano said. “We would expect to see an increase with the colder weather approaching, but sometimes we just end up with our regulars unless the temperature drops to the teens or we have storms and ice.”

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 4:40 PM PST
Updated: Nov 26, 2014 4:47 PM PST

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.

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.