The majority of us don’t have to think about where we’ll sleep, or the condition of our bed. However, there are those living in Texoma who don’t have that option and have to take what’s available.
“I can’t even explain how they’ve helped me here,” Wichita Falls Faith Mission client Leo Lawrence said. “They’ve done so much for me, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”
Lawrence has been calling the mission home for a little more than 90 days. After a troubled past, he said he wanted to make his life better; but he had nowhere to go and little resources.
“[I had] no I.D., nothing. And one night, I ended up on the bench around there,” Lawrence said pointing. “And one of the security guards, they don’t usually do this here, but I guess I was blessed; they let me in.”
Lawrence now has a case-worker. He’ll also soon have a new bed, as a room inside the Wichita Falls Faith Mission will be filled with them.
“And lo and behold, the executive director over there (at the Salvation Army) said: ‘I can’t believe you called because we actually are getting single beds. We’re getting rid of our bunk-beds and we need a place to give these to,'” Wichita Falls Faith Mission Development Director Frances Anne Manning said.
What Manning is referring to is The Salvation Army selling 32 metal bunk beds to the Wichita Falls Faith Mission at a discount. The Salvation Army’s new beds are coming by way of a grant.
As people who are homeless can sometimes carry bed bugs, which can wind up in the cracks of a wooden bunk-bed, the metal beds will help keep those staying at the mission as healthy as possible.
“Our relationship with Faith Mission is stronger because of this,” Wichita Falls Salvation Army Corps Administrator Sgt. Toby Romack said.
Romack said organizations like The Salvation Army and Faith Mission are often perceived as places for people to take advantage; but he makes it clear: that’s not what they’re there for. Instead… “To give people a helping hand up, not a helping handout.”
That’s something Lawrence agreed with.
“When a person sees you trying to help yourself, you’re going to get some help. Somebody’s going to help you,” Lawrence said.
The new beds should be in place by the end of the week.