Homeless program asks for more donations

Homeless program asks for more donations

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Batesville School District's homeless program is asking for more donations.

Families in Transition started about five years ago and has served many families over the years.

Despite its success, funding for the program decreased this year.

Paula Williams, homeless coordinator, said the decrease is unfortunate and donations will help.

This summer the program received $5,000 in grant funds to help put kids in summer activities while their parents worked.

The program's focus has shifted to the winter needs now.

Williams said they used some leftover funds to purchase winter clothing for the children, which they will soon distribute.

Williams said some families they have helped through the years are now giving back.

"Now that they are on their feet, they also want to give back to the program," Williams said. "So I actually have some ladies that just come in to sort clothes and school supplies and things like that."

Williams said the extra help from these volunteers is wonderful because it gives her more time to make house visits so she can see each family's specific needs.

Families in Transition needs non-perishable food and hygiene items the most right now.

Donations boxes are at several schools for parents or students who want to help and Williams said community help is always appreciated.

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