La Posada Providencia proves a one-of-a-kind safe haven

SAN BENITO — La Posada Providencia is one of a kind.

According to the shelter’s annual report, it’s the only shelter of its kind in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

During the past fiscal year, 2014-2015, the shelter provided services to more than 300 clients from 15 countries across the world, almost half of whom were women and children.

It is a stark difference from the year before when the area saw a major influx of immigrants from Central America.

In fiscal year 2013-2014, the shelter served about 1,411 clients.

“It was a trying year, where we were overwhelmed by the amount of clients served,” said La Posada Development Coordinator Alma Rock.

In 2014-2015, La Posada staff provided 6,630 bed nights, 21,228 meals and drove clients more than 25,000 miles to and from appointments, bus stops, health centers and social service agencies.

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