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Shelters open in time for weather and Giving Tuesday

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VISTA (CBS 8) – A network of local homeless shelters is open just in time for bad weather and also collides with on the eve of the global day of giving campaign.

Operation Hope in Vista is one of several emergency shelters open in the winter months. It is part of a network of homeless shelters in North County called the Alliance for Regional Solutions. Operation Hope opened its 46-bed facility in November but many opened on December 1.

“Operation hope helps you helps yourself,” said a mother living at Operation Hope. “They sat us down straight forward and let us know that they are going to help us help ourselves.”

She and her husband are living there with their 3-month old daughter. For their privacy CBS News 8 is not releasing their names.

“Us being out-of-towners here with no support I can honestly say I have a family here,” said the mother.

Operation Hope provides a temporary living arrangement known as a triage before transitional housing for homeless mothers and fathers .Volunteers and staff help with budgeting, credit recovery and health and nutrition to help families transition to living on their own.

“If you can release the survival stress a homeless person lives under and you can provide some security for them than they can take the energy going into that survival and put it to moving forward in their life,” said Beth Hallock, Director of Operations at Operation Hope.

At the agency staff and volunteers give families tools to reclaim and maintain self-sufficiency. Currently there are ten families with children under the age of 5, “There is a huge need in North County. There is this perception about homelessness in North County and I think it's just visual because it's hidden,” said Hallock.

The Director of Operations is also on the executive committee for the Alliance for Regional Solutions, a network of agencies working together to reach out to the 1,600 to 1,800 homeless people in North County during the winter months.

“I get to be a part of transforming things, I get to be a part of changing someone's life,” said Hallock.

She says you can be a part of that change on Tuesday for “Giving Tuesday” a day where you can donate or volunteer, celebrate generosity and to give.

At Operation Hope $25 will help tutor a child for Homework Club that is provided at the agency, $50 will help shelter a family for a night. You can also donate toiletries or operation supplies such as garbage bags and paper products or prepare a hot meal for dinner.

“When you get the support from the people that are around you and the people working here, it makes you feel like you can do something with yourself. It makes you feel you can go out and be a better,” said the mother.

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