"There but for the grace of God go I." These days, I find my self mumbling that little prayer when I see someone who has fallen on hard times, which is fairly often.
They've lost a job, become ill or had a loved one get sick, gotten divorced, succumbed to addiction, had an accident, or run into any of the many other hurdles life can throw in our way. Here in Cobb County you don't have to look very hard to see folks in need of help.
I'm relatively new here, so I was gratified to learn about the Center for Family Resources late last year in a story published by the MDJ. Here's an organization dedicated to providing the resources to help people in trouble become independent and self-sufficent so they can break the cycle of poverty in which they're stuck. CFR accomplishes its mission by providing temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to prepare participants to earn a sustainable wage.
A hand up, as it were, with solid results: In 2010, CFR helped 436 families with rent, utilities, transportation and prescriptions totaling more than $365,000. It's food bank fed 1,955 households, and CFR helped 162 families with nearly $300,000 in rent/mortgage and utilities through its “Fresh Start” program. It's education and mentoring programs helped hundreds.
You can donate to CFR or volunteer by visiting the organization's web site: www.thecfr.org