Homeless are getting some help

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By The Staff

Food and shelter are two things most of us never have to worry about. But not everyone is so lucky.

A story in Monday's News-Journal about the problems Debbie Martin experienced drives home the point that homelessness isn't just a big-city problem. It can happen here. It's a real problem, and a solution isn't always easy.

Luckily, Green River Ministries is trying to do something about homelessness - and just about every other opportunity to help humankind.

GRM is already providing support to help pay for food and utility bills in addition to helping needy families in any other way possible.

Since August 2006, Green River Ministries has received 77 requests for help, and, since February, 17 more have received temporary housing.

Martin's situation simply emphasizes the severity of the problem. She's not without work. She has a regular job. It's just that bills piled up and her husband left, leaving several responsibilities for her to handle on her own.

On Monday, the Green River Ministries hosted a program on the "State of Homelessness" in Taylor County.

Assistance isn't cheap and the work of GRM is important.

Other organizations like the Salvation Army and the Taylor County Crisis Relief Center are trying to help, too.

But that assistance can't be given without the help of our entire community.

There is a definite need. If you'd like to help, we're sure that GRM would accept any contribution that would help them extend a helping hand.

They're located at 100 Stockyard St.