Groups helping the homeless needing help too

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- It's a season of need for organizations serving homeless in Grayson County.

"Closing down a camp is the equivalent of being evicted from your house."

Alan Bernard with Center Cross Ministries says series of factors has led to this point, the disbanding of the homeless camp leaving people already on the fringe even more isolated, the school year ending and extreme heat on its way mean there are people in Grayson County who actually have nowhere to go.

"A lot of them have demons, without a doubt. But they're not the demons that we want to think they are."

Father Don Perschall says it's a growing problem in Grayson County.

"Although they may care about this community, it needs to be in someone else's neighborhood," said Bernard.

He also says public pressure and initiatives to clean up the streets in Grayson County towns have left some people sleeping under the stars.

"When you're homeless, what do you do? You try to find a way to survive," said Perschall.

They say being homeless is a fluid lifestyle and the situation in Grayson will continue to grow until a permanent solution is found.

"In and out of everything. In and out of jail, in and out of town, in and out of relationships, just in and out of our building. Life is very fragile for this community," said Bernard.

Until then, the twenty three organizations that serve homeless people in Grayson are running on fumes and still tasked with doing their work.

"We have people falling through the crack and unfortunately, we have some folks in town, and that's not just true here but it's true everywhere, that simply want them to go away. That isn't going to happen. They're not going to go away," said Perschall.

This Friday night is Center Cross Ministries' annual fundraiser event at St. Luke's Episcopal church.

For fifteen dollars, you can eat all the barbecue, dessert and sides you want and there will be a silent auction to help raise money too.

If barbecue isn't your style, these organizations are always looking for volunteers.

Here are a few links to the groups that need help:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1748252765410407/

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-lukes-episcopal-church-denison-tx