TEXOMA-A Fannin county mentoring program is feeling the effects of federal budget cuts and may have to close. But, a Grayson county organization stepped up to lend a hand.
The Fannin County Building for Futures program found out a few months ago that they will not receive their federal grant to keep operating. As soon as they heard the news, Grayson county's Big Brothers Big Sisters came forward agreeing to expand their services to Fannin County. But, to do that, they will need your help.
Dana Nowlin, found out this April that the Building for Futures program will not get the federal funding they need to keep mentoring kids in Fannin County.
"To find out that the money is not there for the program to continue was disappointing, so that's when we had to figure out other ways to keep matches going," she said.
Building for Futures is a mentoring program for any child in Fannin county who has a parent in prison. It's funded by the Mentoring Children of Prisoners grant, which provides $184,000 for a three-year funding cycle. The group received $79,000 last year and the year before, but they will not get the remaining $43,000 this year because of federal budget cuts.
Nowlin said it's important to keep the program going to help these kids reach their full potential.
"If they have had a one-on-one mentor during their childhood, they're more likely to finish school, more likely to go to school, better grades, get involved in more things with the community and stay out of trouble," she said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters vice president, Janet Ardoyno said she was also disappointed by the news and decided her organization would expand their services to Fannin county kids.
"By coming in making what the existing agency of Building for Futures making it a Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, we can really expand the number of children that we serve," she said.
Nowlin said she's grateful Building for Futures will be able to continue operating under Big Brothers Big Sisters.
"For them to step up and say 'yeah, we'll help you guys out,' to take on that role was a huge responsibility and we appreciate it and we're looking forward to how it works out," she said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grayson county is asking for your help. They need to raise $50,000 by September 30 to make the expansion possible.
If you'd like to donate, send them to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grayson County
808 East Pecan Grove Road
Sherman, TX 75090
Or contact Dana Nowlin firstname.lastname@example.org