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Shelter for women in Waco, Sally's House opens

POSTED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 1:03pm

WACO -- After five years of planning, and $50,000 later, Waco finally has what many say the city has needed for a long time: a shelter for women and children in need.

"In terms of an emergency, short term place where women can just stay to get off the streets and get from point a to point b, that really is a gap that we've had in the Waco community for a long time. So that's what Sally's House is for," says Salvation Army Social Worker, Jennifer Caballero.

Victims of domestic violence can turn to The Family Abuse Center, and there are places for women recovering from addiction.

Until now, homeless women and their children were forced to live on the streets.

The Salvation Army says putting struggling women and their children in a stable environment is the first step toward financial recovery.

"They're going to be able to call this place home. They're not going to have to worry about having to pay rent. They're not going to have to worry about where's my next meal going to come from. They've got the community kitchen right behind them where they will be able to go, have their meals provided for them. They're going to be able to tuck their children in bed at night," said The Salvation Army's Heather Helton.

Sally's House has 24-hour security, and women can stay there six months or more depending on the case.

Right now, they are working on moving women off the streets and expect to be in full swing next week.

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I was surprised to find such a facility which separates the short term homeless from others with additional issues seeking shelter, ie...recovery from drugs or abuse. It is true, many women are only in transit or need shot term assistance to get back on the right track. It is sad most cities have failed to see the emotional boost this critical segment of women will gain by being met at the place they are in. And allowed the safety and short time frame they need to plot their move forward.

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