A Commitment to Helping People, Changing Lives
It’s a busy time at CVCAA! As you may have heard, we have a new office location that we’re moving into. Starting on December 7, we’ll be located at the Concho Suites office complex, at 133 W. Concho Ave. We’re in suite 301, but don’t worry…we’re not on the 3rd floor. We’re the whole building!! We’re excited to be in our new space!
Besides moving, our team has been working diligently to finish up the year and get ready for 2023. Our utilities team will begin accepting 2023 applications via email and mobile app right away. Walkup and drop-off applications will start the 2nd week of January. Our housing and weatherization teams have been busy as well in their programs providing much-needed assistance in these cold months. For 2022 we have assisted over 7500 individuals, which is a high for us.
If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen posts about our work with the homeless community. You may not know this, but San Angelo is one of the largest cities in Texas without an operating homeless shelter. This means our neighbors are at extreme risk, especially in the winter months. We partner with several agencies and the Concho Valley Homeless Coalition to get them out of the elements and Into the Warmth when the temperature drops. But that is just a band-aid. San Angelo needs a permanent shelter so that agencies like CVCAA can offer direct services to our homeless neighbors and work to get them stably housed. This will take a lot of community effort and of course, funding. It won’t be easy, but CVCAA is right in there working with our partners to try to get it figured out.
I’d like to leave you with some words from Melville, written almost 200 years ago in his novel Redburn. In the text, Redburn travels to Launcelott’s Hey, a street where the homeless in this English town lived. As he tries to get assistance for the homeless, he encounters several individuals with attitudes that you would hear still today. At the end of the chapter, Melville writes "Tell me, oh Bible, that story of Lazarus again, that I may find comfort in my heart for the poor and forlorn. Surrounded as we are by the wants of fellow men, and yet given to follow our own pleasures, regardless of their pains, are we not like people sitting up with a corpse, and making merry in the house of the dead?"
As we’re celebrating this time of year, enjoying friends and family, let's keep in mind that there are many in our community that are in need. Let's not make merry in the house of the dead, but let us lead the charge in finding long-lasting solutions.
For everyone born,