Local charity donates summer essentials to homeless youth in FM area
FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Matthew’s Voice Project, a non-profit organization, aims to make a difference in the lives of homeless teens.
“I think it’s so important to invest in our young people,” said Ali Jones, a member of the organization’s board of directors.
The organization recently provided 150 students from Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools with the essentials needed.
Of these, more than 50 students were supported with donations, including baskets filled with a blanket, pillow and gift card.
“By devoting time, energy, finances and resources to students. We say we’re helping one student at a time,” Jones said.
As of December last year, nearly 450 students across the three districts were identified as homeless and the need is only growing.
“Our numbers are growing. We also know there are a lot of unidentified students,” Jones said.
The hope now is that through their efforts, more students will feel comfortable coming forward.
One of their main goals is to help homeless youth graduate so they can start on the path to success.
“This is such a critical step and such an important foundation for education in any pathway, whether they choose to pursue graduate school, trade school, or directly into the job market,” Jones said. .
Ultimately, the only wish of the organization is that these students never let their circumstances hold them back.
“Our biggest message is to let them know they can achieve anything.”
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