Local homeless shelter in dire need of donations - Tucson News Now

Local homeless shelter in dire need of donations

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Camp Bravo, a local group working to provide shelter and food for the homeless in our community is in dire need of donations. The Salvation Army is also in need of assistance. 

Bravo Base – Camp Conklin near the Santa Rita Park in Tucson, is a military-style camp providing shelter and sense of community to more than 30 homeless Veterans in Tucson. They’re most in need of food items like milk and meat because donations have dwindled.      

“It was very bad. A lot of my friends were dying and I was totally addicted to drugs,” veteran Robert Anderson said.

Not long ago, Anderson was addicted to meth and sleeping on the streets. But the group “Veterans on Patrol” who help run Camp Bravo took him in, helping him to get treatment and find his purpose.

“They cared when no one else did,” Anderson said.

Now he’s a commander at Camp Bravo and helps run the daily operations. After the holiday season he said they saw donations to the camp drop-off. Now he said they’re in need of everything from food to toilet paper. They can’t accept cash, but he said gas cards or pre-paid debit cards help immensely.

“We have a great need for gas cards to drive veterans to appointments,” Anderson said.

“If you were to come up here and give me money we couldn’t accept it, but you can put it on a debit card or a refundable green dot card and we’ll use that and go out and look for veterans for our gas tanks,” Alan Argabrite, Bravo Base Watch Commander said.

Fellow veteran and Watch Commander, Alan Argabrite said they’re also in need of water bottles.

“Water is a definite plus that we have to have. We used to have about four to five pallets now we’re down to ten cases,” Argabrite said.

Camp Bravo is not the only place dealing with a shortage situation. Signs posted at the Salvation Army Hospitality House on Friday night show all of their 100 plus bed are full. When this happens they try to put families in motels, but they said that eats up their already dwindling grant money.

“If we have to keep them in a motel for at least a month, that eats a lot of the money up already. When we’re trying to help five to seven families, that’s a lot of money in one month,” Salvation Army program manager, Yoli Hasler said.

Both the Salvation Army and Camp Bravo said when it comes to donations, a little bit can go a long way. As for Anderson, he’s grateful the camp gave him a chance and now allows him to help others.

“It’s very gratifying when I give the vets a sleeping bag or something they need and they say thank you. I know because I needed that when I was out there,” Anderson said.

If you’re interested in donating to Bravo Base, you can drop off items at 550 E 19th Street in Tucson or visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BravoBaseTucson/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

If you’re interested in helping the Salvation Army, click here: http://www.salvationarmytucson.org/

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