Centers Solutions – COVID EDITION: Homelessness During the Pandemic

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) Isolation, loneliness, food insecurity are new shared experiences many are facing through this pandemic, but for others, this has been a way of life. 

According to The Fields Edge, a non-profit supporting the chronically homeless in Midland, there has been an increase in homelessness in the area. Reports show that at the start of the year there was 227 homeless individuals in Midland and now the number has increased to around a hundred more.

The Fields Edge is currently working to stay in contact with the homeless population daily, especially during this pandemic. Kristi Edwards, executive director and therapist at The Centers for Children and Familiesalong with the marketing director Melanie Saiz, are both excited to partner with The Fields Edge offering mental health resources for those in need. 

“People are homeless just because they have no resources or are completely disconnected from family or anybody that could be a resource. To those willing to help, you can offer a list of resources of people that can help to get the message out there.”

Kristi Edwards, Executive Director and Therapist, Centers for Children & Families

Our experts encourage every who is really struggling, to contact Centers and talk to a therapist.

“When this started, we had no idea that this would happen or how to prepare ourselves, but you can always prepare yourself with information knowledge now. We know we can try to get a little more control of our health, make sure we have healthy habits,” said Saiz.

It’s the best time for everyone to become aware, give your self grace, and take care of your mental health. 

“You just have to have that belief in yourself, and it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down or go one step forward and three steps back. Its’ the perseverance and knowing that you can keep going because you have been successful before. So call on past successes to believe that you can have future successes as well.”

Kristi Edwards, Executive Director and Therapist, Centers for Children & Families

Quick Tips: How to use your past successes to fuel your future success and overcome overwhelming obstacles. 

Centers Solutions: COVID EDITION podcast: Homelessness During the Pandemic in the Permian Basin

For more information, contact Centers for Children and Families:

  • Midland: 3701 Andrews Highway | Midland, TX 79703 | (432) 570-1084
  • Odessa: 4241 Tanglewood Ln. | Odessa, TX 79762 | (432) 580-7006
  • Website:

Through June, Centers for Children and Families are offering the first session free for anyone who needs help. During this pandemic they are also offering that the first two sessions be free for all Health Care Workers and First Responders fighting Covid-19.

To learn more about how you can help the homeless population contact The Fields Edge.

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