New shelter for immigrant children to be opened in McAllen

Another shelter for unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border will soon be open in McAllen.

Lutheran Social Services of South is renovating a building off North McColl Road and Jasmine Avenue.

The new facility will serve as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied children who crossed the border illegally and are waiting to be reunited with their family.

Officials with Lutheran Social Services of the South confirms they are under contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to open the new shelter.

The shelter will house up to 160 unaccompanied children from Central and South America.

According to officials the temporary shelter will house children for 25 to 35 days.

The non-profit group already has a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Corpus Christi.

But they also have foster care facilities for immigrant children both in Corpus Christi and in El Paso.

The gruop's website shows hat they offer counseling and education to the children while in their custody.

Records show the renovation will cost about $140,000 thousand dollars to install windows, repair the roof and replace ceiling tiles.

The shelter for immigrant children will likely open its doors mid-August but it will be the second one to open this summer.

Just last week, officials confirmed that a warehouse off Ware Road will be transfored into a facility to house 1,000 children.