Our Homeless Youth Projects Require Community Volunteers To Guide Young People To Success

Waco organization that aims to end youth homelessness is in need of volunteers.  The Cove in Waco opened its doors in October 2016, and has since provided services to about 60 students in need.  "The Cove to me is like a light. It was a really bright light at the end of the tunnel for me," 19 year-old Mariah Shaw said.  Shaw is one of the students in the program, and said she had a rough past.  "I was coming off the streets living in motels," she said.  Shaw recently graduated high school with help and motivation from volunteers at The Cove.  "The volunteers and staff here are very open to helping you throughout every step in your life," said Shaw.  Teri Holtkamp is the director of The Cove in Waco and said the space is a safe place for homeless youth.  "We don't know what experiences they are having at home, or wherever they are couch surfing. But we do know we can provide a safe place when they are here," said Holtkamp.  The Cove also offers a place for students after school to do homework, hang out, have a hot meal, and do laundry.  "We are going to put all our resources in action to make sure that they succeed, and that they are successful and go on to achieve those goals that they have for their lives," said Kenneth McNeil who currently volunteers at The Cove.  Holtkamp said the program is looking for volunteers interested in making a difference in the lives of students.  "There's no way I could do this kind of work by myself. It takes every single person. It takes a village," she said.  The Cove is open one day a week during summer months, and organizers hope to have more volunteers once classes resume in Fall.

Waco organization that aims to end youth homelessness is in need of volunteers.

The Cove in Waco opened its doors in October 2016, and has since provided services to about 60 students in need.

"The Cove to me is like a light. It was a really bright light at the end of the tunnel for me," 19 year-old Mariah Shaw said.

Shaw is one of the students in the program, and said she had a rough past.

"I was coming off the streets living in motels," she said.

Shaw recently graduated high school with help and motivation from volunteers at The Cove.

"The volunteers and staff here are very open to helping you throughout every step in your life," said Shaw.

Teri Holtkamp is the director of The Cove in Waco and said the space is a safe place for homeless youth.

"We don't know what experiences they are having at home, or wherever they are couch surfing. But we do know we can provide a safe place when they are here," said Holtkamp.

The Cove also offers a place for students after school to do homework, hang out, have a hot meal, and do laundry.

"We are going to put all our resources in action to make sure that they succeed, and that they are successful and go on to achieve those goals that they have for their lives," said Kenneth McNeil who currently volunteers at The Cove.

Holtkamp said the program is looking for volunteers interested in making a difference in the lives of students.

"There's no way I could do this kind of work by myself. It takes every single person. It takes a village," she said.

The Cove is open one day a week during summer months, and organizers hope to have more volunteers once classes resume in Fall.