Randy Sams Homeless Outreach Shelter
Texarkana, TX 75501
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For every homeless person or family you see on the street, there are many more that you don't see. Some are families with young children living in poverty, sleeping in parks, motels or cars. On any given night, there are over 250 individuals in the Greater Texarkana Community who are homeless. The Randy Sams' Outreach Shelter serves to eradicate the cycle of homelessness. The RSOS services individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness such as men, women, the hungry, the low-income, veterans, and those who are unemployed and underemployed.
The RSOS is a 90-day shelter that provides basic essential activities of daily living such as meals, seperate sleeping areas for men and women, and bathrooms which include shower facilities for residential clients. Each day breakfast is served at 6:00am and dinner is served at 6:00pm. Clients are encouraged to have lunch across the street at the Friendship Center from 11:00am-1:00pm. Clients leave during the day at 7:00am and can return for check-in at 3:30pm. All new clients must have some form of identification when applying for residency. A complete list of Rules will be reviewed during admission.
Upon intake and admission, all residential clients a enrolled in the Case Management Program. This program allows clients to have an initial meeting with the Residential Services Case Manager who will work with the client in identifying needs as well as assist in linking residents to mainstream community resources. When discharging from the program, clients will meet with the Housing Resource Case Manager who will assist the client in locating permenant housing and prevent re-entry into homelessness.
Identity Document Assistance
Residents who do not have the basic information such as a picture i.d., may qualify for identity documentation assistance. We believe that the first step towards becoming self-sufficient is through establishment of identity. Items such as birth certificates and state issued identification are necessary in order to obtain employment.
If needed, the RSOS assists residential clients with life-sustaining essential prescriptions. The RSOS believes that the high cost of prescription medications for those without insurance, indirectly contributes to the recidivism rate of homelessness. In order to allow residents to focus on saving funds for housing, the RSOS alleviates the burden of high prescription costs.
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Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.
Day Shelters supplement homeless and low-income people when the shelter their staying in only offers shelter on an overnight basis. Case management is often provided and sometimes there are laundry and shower facilities. Meals and basic hygiene may also be offered. Almost all day shelters provide their services free of charge. Any emergency or homeless shelter that allows clients to stay during the day is also classified under this category.
Be a volunteer. Call Randy Sams Homeless Outreach Shelter at (903) 792-7024 for current volunteer work opportunities.
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