Homeless shelter helps make sure displaced women can vote - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Homeless shelter helps make sure displaced women can vote

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A homeless shelter in Waco believes everyone's vote counts - so they make sure the women who live their have the opportunity to cast their ballots. 

Compassion Ministries in Waco has 20 women living there. The shelter helps the women register to vote and also gives them a ride to voting locations. 

Jill McCall is the executive director at Compassion. She said making sure the women vote is a part of getting the women to move on from the shelter.

"We want to make sure that people, when they leave, [they] are prepared to be in the real world and contributing members of society, McCall said. "It's part of the process, as far as, learning where resources are in the community, and voting is a resource."

The executive director said making sure the women have the opportunity to vote is also important to the shelter because she believes that everyone, no matter their situation, should be able to participate in the political process.

"What we hope to instill in our residents, while they live here, is that every body has value and worth -- and part of that value and worth is participating in the system," she said. "It's important for everyone to get out and vote -- no matter who they are, what they have, [or] what they don't have."

McCall said that at least half of the women who live at the shelter registered to vote.

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