A helping hand for a homeless student

by Jared Paben

A helping hand for a homeless student

Kady Kirkendall served as an AmeriCorps members through the Oregon State Service Corps, which is a program of the American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter. Kady served at Lincoln County School District's HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project).

A story from Kady's service:

During our Back to School BBQ and School Supply Give-Away in August, I ran into a student I had worked with a lot last year in our homework assistance program. She then proceeded to tell me all about her summer in about four long, run-on sentences.

At the very end though, she told me what she was most excited about: Her family had moved again but this time into an apartment! Last year she and her family had moved three different times, living in their RV in the yards of friends. The pure, simple, matter-of-fact joy in her voice was amazing. This was it. This was exactly what the HELP Program was around for. If I had only done one year of service in Lincoln County, I would not have witnessed this: the fruit of our labors.

Thank you for your service, Kady!

Posted on December 26, 2013 in AmeriCorps.