GRAYSON CO., Texas - Four months ago we reported cuts in federal funding forced a non-profit youth shelter to downsize. Thursday, we checked in with the North Texas Youth Connection to see how they are refocusing their resources.
In April, when News 12 visited the North Texas Youth Connection Shelter in Sherman, the non-profit was building a new facility. Then cuts in Federal funding for non-profits forced them to downsize.
"We made the decision to come back to our old building because we simply felt like it was a good decision to not continue with a construction project that may not be funded," said Director Sharon Watson.
She tells us they are now focusing on what they do have--the youth shelter on East Lamar street.
"The kids who come here are classified as runaway or homeless, and most kids don't run away unless there's something bad going on," said Watson.
Watson says while the facility is clean, it's in desperate need of repair--starting with the carpet. She says she would also like to paint the walls, update the lighting, and purchase new window treatments, "We want to try to make it more like a home," she told News 12.
9 boys currently live at the shelter, and when they lost the Federal funding, the community stepped up to help.
Some with volunteer time, others with monetary donations, and the Pottsboro Public Library even created this video for them: http://bit.ly/1kZ4sN6
"It shows the condition that these young people who are in a rough place in their life right now...where they're living," said Dianne Connery with the library.
If you would like to donate to the shelter, you can visit their website: www.ntxyouthconnection.org