Non-profit looks for more volunteers to help house homeless veterans

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - After North Texas Veteran's Relief Fund was not able to reach its goal during Texoma Gives, board members of the non-profit are looking to grow their base.

Members of the non-profit that helps homeless veterans hoped to raise $20,000. They raised $5,000 for Base Camp Lindsey. It will house homeless veterans temporarily in tiny homes to help them march towards a brighter path.

"What we learned from that is that no matter how wonderful our goal is, we all agree our veterans need help, we need to start telling people how they can get involved and help this project become a reality," Chris De La Garza NTVRF vice-chair said.

She has worked on Base Camp Lindsey for two years. There will be more than 64 tiny homes on the 1900 block of Old Windthorst road for the homeless vets.

So far, De La Garza and the non-profit have raised less than $30,000. She said they would need more than $1.5 million to build the project. The non-profit has nine board members to raise the money. She wants to add at least 50 more volunteers to help organize fundraisers and create the policies to live in Base Camp Lindsey.

"We're going to need a lot more volunteers instead of just sitting around and waiting on us to just plan something there's going to be some things that people can actually do to get involved," De La Garza said.

The volunteers would be in charge of screening veterans to see if they were in the military and if the camp is the right place for them. She said she will use social media, Go Fund Me and reach out to other non-profit organizations for help.

"We're going to be speaking with the rotary club, the Kiwanis Club, churches and different organizations in town spreading the message of what Base Camp Lindsey is and what our goals are and telling them what they can do to make it into a reality," she said.

For more information and to donate to the cause head to the North Texas Veteran's Relief Fund Facebook page.

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