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Shelter takes on new name, works to raise funds

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Texoma Family Shelter in Denison helps homeless families find their way to more stable living arrangements.

It seems like the like six months have brought changes to practically everything and everyone including many of the local nonprofits.

The homeless shelter in Denison, formerly called the Grayson County Shelter, has undergone a number of changes since the COVID-19 pandemic began including a name change, a change in executive directors and, like many other non profits, a reduction in donations.

In May 2020 the Shelter’s Board of Directors voted to change the name from Grayson County Shelter to Texoma Family Shelter. Board President Jeff Coffey said in written statement, “We did this partly because some folks actually thought we were a dog shelter, and while we most definitely love dogs, canine rescue is not our mission.” He said another reason for the change “is because some people in our community assumed we are funded by Grayson County, which is not the case…rather we are funded by private donations and grants.”

The new website is www.texomafamilyshelter.com.

He added that the changes didn’t stop there. The group also changed the name of its resale shop from The Crowded Closet to Texoma Family Thrift, 331 W Morton St. in Denison.

Of course, another change was the fact that TFT was closed to the public from March through June for reorganization and to implement COVID safety measures. The store is open again, and he said, has more more inventory than ever. And is waiting there for people to come back and shop so that the proceeds can be poured back into the shelter.

The shelter itself underwent some changes in management. In August, a new Executive Director Angela Sharp took the helm.

Sharp came to Denison from CASA in Abilene, where she was executive director for almost five years.

“Along with a Master’s in Public Administration from (University of North Texas), she has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Angela has already made a positive impact at the shelter, and her vision and commitment promise to take TFS to new heights,” Coffey said.

Sharp said she is really excited about a few big projects that they are working on at the shelter now. “Our biggest near-term project will be building a new transitional housing dormitory next to our resale store. The dorm will help ease our Residents into empowering habits of agency, such as budgeting and maintaining a household -- while still benefiting from a healing and supportive environment,” she said in a written statement.

To make those new projects possible, the shelter has had to look for alternative ways to raise funds during the pandemic. One of those is a benefit set for this Saturday at Loy Park Mayor Arena, 457 RC Vaughan Road, in Denison.

The 42 Bed Bash will provide live country and western music with the gates opening at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit Texomafamilyshelter.com.

Texoma Family Shelter offers help to both residential and non residential clients