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J.J. Barea and the Dallas Mavs deliver thousands of winter items to area homeless shelter

At the Austin Street Center, clients check in hoping to reserve a bed for the night.

They are provided a safe place to sleep, shower, receive clothing and a meal, and most importantly a feeling of worth.

“When people are experiencing homelessness, usually what happens, when people are walking down the street they’re walking the other way,” said Dustin Perkins, who is the director of client services at Austin Street Center. “They often call people who are experiencing homelessness invisible.

“So to not only have community members be here inside the Austin Street Center, but to have people who are celebrities, who are well known in the community, really gives them visibility.