Helping the Homeless Stay Hopeful: Homeless make use of More than Enough program
Wed, 07 May 2014 03:54:25 GMT —
A clear-cut schedule of class times is taped outside to the doors of the Guyon Saunders Resource Center for its newest program, More than Enough.
The resource center started this program in hopes to help educate its clients with information they might not receive any place else.
"We cover everything," Chad Gibson outreach coordinator said. "From resume writing, to how to apply for a job if you have a felony."
Gibson said they have different professionals within the community teach these classes, including those from our very own Amarillo Downtown Public Library.
"We have a couple of staff members who work with Guyon Saunders on a regular basis," Stacy Clopton Yates said. "They teach classes on how to use the internet, and how to do job searches things that are life skills."
The program began in January, and Gibson said the number of clients who attend the classes have remained consistent.
"We have a good number who come, it just depends what class is that week," Gibson said. "We can't force them to do anything, they have to want to do this for themselves."
For people like Jennifer Thomson and Roberto Garza resources like this one do make a difference.
"I've just graduated from a drug and mood disorder class, and the next step is to look into getting my own apartment," Thomson said.
When asked if Amarillo offers too many resources or not enough, Tim Bowles psychiatry administrator for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Services said, "I've been to places like Dallas and Austin working with the homeless, and in comparison Amarillo is doing something right. But in order to get them out of their situation the services have to be consistent."