More resources for Calexico shelter

CALEXICO, Calif. – Thanks to the big hearts of two women the shelter continues to stay open in Calexico  and now they’ll be bringing in more services for the homeless.

“On Thursday, we’re planning an information fair.  We’re going to have the Consulate of Mexico there.  We’re gonna have Social Services, Neighborhood House, the Housing Authority,” Maribel Padilla said.

Padilla says it’s just another avenue to help the homeless especially during this unpredictable weather.

“The community is very involved.  When people say it’s getting warmer, it’s going to be 70 degrees, 80 degrees.  Yes, that’s during the day, but then you have 40 degrees at night.  You’ve got today which is cloudy.  It’s going to rain,” Maribel Padilla said.

She’s hoping these resources will help them get off the streets and back on their feet and mostly to have shelter.

“I’m hoping that the homeless know that there are actually services out there for them because they’re out on the streets.  They don’t know they can access this.  We’re going to be filling out applications for housing, for low income housing.  They’ll be put on a list.  Most of these people would never know where to go,” Maribel Padilla said.


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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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