"Homelessness on the Rise Among Loveland Area Students". One of our board members, Kari Southard, lives in the Loveland area of Colorado and sent us this article. It was written by Madeline Nobey and appeared in The Loveland Reporter Herald on March 1, 2010. This article stated that over the past 3 years the Thompson area school district has seen an increase in homeless students. Here are the statistics. In school year 2009- 2010 there were 216 homeless students. In 2010-2016 there were 246 homeless students and for this school year 2011-2012 there were 349 homeless students. This article went on to say that students ages 16-17 are falling through the cracks when it comes to receiving help through local or state agencies. The focus, of Child Protective Services, is on the needs of babies and young children and so the older teens are left to fend for themselves. I was left pondering these sobering statistics and wondered how in the world does a 16 or 17 year old fend for themselves? I did not like the thoughts that entered my mind as I thought of the life they must be living in order to survive. These statistics confirmed that God absolutely knows what He is doing when He called us to begin a ministry for young adults in Colorado. There are young adults that need a home in Colorado and the main mission of Soaring Wings Ministries is to provide needy young adults with a home. This article encouraged Ed and I to keep moving forward in our plans for Soaring Wings Ministries. The Loveland area is currently working to lower the number of 349 homeless students to 200 homeless students in 2013. There is a Joint Task Poverty/Homelessness Committee in Loveland, Colorado trying to address homelessness in the Thompson School District. We truly look forward to the day when Soaring Wings Ministries will be actively serving in the Loveland area. Hopefully, with everyone working together, the number of homeless students in the Thompson School District could be reduced all the way down to zero! I do know that we serve an amazing and powerful God and He can do amazing and powerful things when we give our lives completely over to Him. To God be the glory! Amen!
His joyful servant,
Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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