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February 28, 2014

KAREN ALTERGOTT ROBERTS: Making life in Kokomo better for those in need

Help Family Service Association help others.

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The problems of homeless people may also seem overwhelming. Addictions, untreated health or mental health issues may have devastated some adults’ abilities to keep themselves sheltered and warm in the storm of life. This can overwhelm the individual, and overwhelm the community helpers. Where can we start to meet the crisis of homelessness? Family Service Association has started putting help into action with an apartment building for homeless, disabled veterans. This “housing first model” of supportive housing is funded in part by government grants, loans to the agency and donations for furniture and items to equip each apartment. When the community realized we needed help, many individuals and organizations stepped up with donations.

FSA also helps children in many ways. Our programs, Healthy Families, Community Partners, and Nurture, help parents learn and do better for their young children. Last year, more than 300 young families received in-home services to help them parent their children to the best of their abilities. Prevent Child Abuse raises awareness and funds for protection of children. Gear Up and First Candle help parents keep their children safe.

These are just three of the underlying community needs that are addressed by Family Service Association. There are many other parts to Family Service Association — homemaking, attendant care, minority health, other health issues, counseling. Our work is often unseen. Work is done by trained and certified professionals. Community members who offer financial support to Family Service Association are doing something important for the flood of suffering children, the tornado of domestic violence and the blizzard of homelessness in our area. We are a nonprofit. We rely on the monetary support of many to continue to serve children, parents, families, veterans. If you care about these challenges, will you help us?

Donate to your favorite program at Family Service Association of Howard County Inc. You can go online at fsahc.org or call 765-457-9313 to learn more about how to help. Be part of the groundswell of community effort to make life in Kokomo better for all.

Karen Altergott Roberts, Ph.D., M.Div., is assistant executive director of Family Service Association of Howard County Inc. Contact her at revaltergott@gmail.com.

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