ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – For some our home is a safe haven; a place that brings comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for others it’s a violent and dangerous place which makes the Louise Wood Angel House vital for survivors during this time.
Lorie Dunnam, the Executive Director of the West Texas Crisis Center said, “It’s so important that we have this avenue available to clients right now and survivors there are stressors that none of us have ever experienced and if you’re already experiencing trauma and you are not safe at home it can really impact the complexity of the situation.”
The West Texas Crisis Center celebrates the one year anniversary of the shelter’s opening this month and is already seeing a 37% increase in people seeking their services this year compared to last year.
“All of our services are continuing we haven’t interrupted any services. Our counseling and case management services which are free of charge are continued on a remote basis either by phone or video conference. We social distance as much as we can as far as room locations and that type of thing. Just as we always do with the flu if someone ill we move them to a separate area of the shelter,” said the Executive Director.
The shelter is capable of housing 61 survivors at once but they do need the help of West Texans to make that possible. Dunnam said, right now, the best way to donate is through a monetary donation or personal hygiene items.
“We also are in need of new sports bra’s, leggings of all sizes, any of those types of items we always take.”