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. 

Posted: Aug 22, 2014 7:38 PM PST Updated: Aug 22, 2014 7:38 PM PST

By Kevin Boyce  

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is gearing up for what workers say is the toughest time of the year. When the temps rise, so does the number of people needing relief. Caleb Jones is only 22 years old, and has found himself in a tough spot financially. He says without the shelter his time would be devoted to finding safety from the Texas sun.

“Trying to find something to drink, a cool place. Whether that’s trying to stay under a big tree or going to stores.” - Caleb Jones, Homeless

Hiway 80 offers free water bottles, water fountains, a/c, hats, and sunblock. Executive Director Eric Burger says bringing homeless people in gives the shelter an opportunity to change lives.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

By Alex Byrd

The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission had its fifth annual Health Fair on Wednesday, with UT Tyler-Longview nursing students providing education and preventative treatment for some of Longview’s homeless population.

“The reality is that the homeless population is often overlooked,” said Rusty Fennell, the mission’s associate director.

The students complete their clinical hours by helping health fair patients prevent cardiovascular disease, summer heat exposure and infection through education and a drive-thru style check up line.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 8:26 am, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

By Bridget Ortigo

It’s a camp for underprivileged children, but summer missionary Alex Barron said serving there this summer has taught him a lesson, too: that he’s blessed to have a roof over his head.

Many of the children at Camp Rescue don’t have a home of their own. But the program run by Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is providing about 20 children from kindergarten through 12th grade a summer camp for seven weeks.

“I’ve realized how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads and a house to go home to every night,” said Barron, a substitute teacher at Pine Tree ISD. “This is a great way to spend the summer.”

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