Irving, TX

Irving Shelter Damaged After Winter Storm

Stacey Doud

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I recently became aware of Brighter Tomorrows, which operates women’s shelters in Irving and Grand Prairie. They had several pipes burst on Feb. 17, at their Irving location, spilling about 3" of water into the buildings. Several pieces of the ceiling also caved in.

A staff member had made it through the snow and ice to check on the shelter and was met by all the water and destruction.

They had to scramble to evacuate the shelter and find temporary homes for their clients. The shelter wasn't running at capacity because of COVID, so it wasn't as bad as it could've been. And fortunately, no one was hurt.

“Thank God we have two shelters,” said CEO Colleen Jamieson. “We moved as many clients as we could to the Grand Prairie shelter and basically put them wherever we could find a spot. We repurposed computer labs and other rooms to make sure clients had a place to stay. We had arranged for some clients to go to a nearby hotel that we work with, but then theyl called us back and said they couldn’t accommodate us because their pipes burst, too.”

Brighter Tomorrows also operates a food pantry and a store called “Brighter Mart” that provides toiletries, diapers and other personal needs. Those areas were flooded as well.

Brighter Tomorrows’ main mission is to provide a safe place for women who have survived domestic violence and/or sexual assault and rape to begin the journey to healing physically, mentally and spiritually. They offer services such as counseling, helping to find childcare, legal services, job assistance and transitional housing.

Jamieson said that they are desperate for donations, whether they be monetary, volunteers or physical items. They are in need of just about everything: blankets, towels, diapers, baby formula, toiletries and much more. They are a 501 (c)(3) organization, so donations are tax deductible.

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