Waco: Bank partners with nonprofit helping homeless high-schoolers

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A bank and a nonprofit organization in Waco are teaming-up to help homeless high school students in the city.

(Photo by Drake Lawson)

First National Bank of Central Texas hosted an event with The Cove-Waco Thursday evening: a come-and-go reception to raise awareness about the organization's mission to end youth homelessness.

"We still have people asking us 'are there really homeless youth in Waco?'" said Kelly Atkins, The Cove-Waco's Executive Director. "That's not every student on a park bench, but we have students who are carrying around their belongings in trash bags and going from house to house, from couch to couch, and that isn't safe or stable."

The bank provided food and drinks while the organization's staffers and volunteers chatted with customers about the continued need for the after-school programs The Cove provides to high school students in the Waco Independent School District.

"We have case managers and social workers to help with therapy and goal-setting, finding housing solutions and job opportunities for them, and most importantly helping them finish high school," said Atkins.

Atkins said high school is a very important time in shaping a young person's future.

"It's right before that person becomes an adult, and we have the opportunity to show them that we care, and we're here to help them become healthy and productive citizens," said Atkins.

The Cove is always in need of monetary donations but also food, volunteers, and business partnerships.