“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother Teresa
Kathy Farland, a Nashua, NH resident, started a nonprofit called Stepping Stones in 2020. The organization focuses on giving homeless youth a hand up by providing them with a safe space and resources they would not otherwise be able to access. Such resources include information on housing vouchers, food stamps, obtaining a driver’s license, along with college and career training.
According to Farland: “About 70% of our kids leave home actually, because they’re being abused. So that’s a huge part of it. You can get a feel for how bad it might be at home when a kid would rather live on the street in a doorway, rather than live in the situation they were in.”
Another important thing that Farland provides the youth with is an address. She works hard to find each young person a roommate so that he/she can afford rent and have a valid address to put on job and college applications. Her plans for Stepping Stones include a transitional housing program that she hopes to establish in the near future.
According to Farland, “It gives me a huge sense of satisfaction to work with our youth and know that I was able to play a part in helping them move forward with their lives and reach their dreams and their goals.”
To read more about Kathy Farland’s story, click here.
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