La Posada’s challenging week included the departure of a large group of guests; a birthday party at a hotel with no electricity and a trip to the grocery store which also had no electricity.
This past week was a challenging one for La Posada. We had a full house, practicing COVID safety protocols and managing all with record-breaking cold temperatures. Many of our short-term families had their flights canceled, 30 individuals in total. We assisted as much as we could, here at the shelter; however, we took some families to hotels, especially families who were stranded at the bus station, airport or had no place to go. Despite the freezing temperatures, families had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also provided them extra water, diapers, milk for babies, baby bottles, toys, among other things. Daily, we spoke with their relatives, explaining Texas’s situation, and gave them an update. They were very worried for their family; however, once they knew who we were and what we do – they expressed great relief.
A day after we took them to the hotel, the lights went out there. We ended up moving families to another hotel, and we rearranged our space to bring one family to La Posada. Still, overall it was very joyful to see the families reuniting with their sponsors.
All individuals rose to the occasion and were real troopers. We at La Posada are incredibly grateful to be operational again.