Galveston Central Church Opening Shelter for Winter Blast

Galveston Central Church has answered the call to open their doors for those seeking shelter from the cold during the coming winter storm. The shelter will open at 3 pm on Sunday, January 13 at 3308 Avenue O ½ in Galveston. Use entrance on O ½ for overnight intake.

The Salvation Army, Galveston County Community Action Council, the Red Cross and the City of Galveston are helping with supplies including cots, blankets, pillows and snacks. Anyone interested in donating hot meals, volunteering or who has any other questions can call Chad Smith at 346-324-4324 or email

“We are very happy to be able to help with this effort,” says Major Nathanael Doria of The Salvation Army. “We have already reached our capacity of 62 under covid guidelines and the weather event has not even started yet. We understand that congregate emergency shelters are not easy to start up in these days of the pandemic but we believe they can be successful when proper precautions are taken. We have not had a single case of covid-19 in our shelter since the outbreak began in March of 2020 and we credit that to the protection of God and the guidance of the local health district. We were very concerned about the unsheltered homeless still on the street, some of whom may not be aware of what is coming and are exceedingly grateful to Galveston Central Church for opening their doors and making this happen. We still have more cots available if anyone else wants to join in the effort.”

Media Contact:

Holly McDonald

Community Relations and Development

The Salvation Army

(409) 763-1691, Ext. 75313
(409) 939-9013 Cell