Our 2nd organization that we’d like to introduce you to that receive part of the Emergency Solutions Grant is Four Rivers Outreach in Sherman.
“Four Rivers Outreach was co-founded in 2006 by Arthur Horn and Larry Watkins back in 2006. We started out with a 2-bedroom house with 2 ladies, not having a clue what we were doing – we didn’t have any design.”
After going from 800 to 10,000 square feet of space in just 2 years, they have become one of the largest nonprofit, faith-based organizations in Grayson County.
The Transitional Living Facility for Men – called The Brotherhood dorm - houses 8 men at a time who are working hard to overcome dependency problems. And, they were recently donated a house that will be the women’s transitional home.
Arthur’s wife, Jeannie, who everyone calls “Momma,” supervises in the kitchen – which provides over 400 meals a week, thanks to community donations.
And the big question that we’ve been asking all of the organizations who received this grant – what is the biggest misconception about those who need shelter?
“The misconception is that people that are homeless are lazy. And that’s not true. The homelessness that we have here are not people that are lazy. It’s people that have so severe mental issues with long-term homelessness that they cannot cope with life.”
Finally, Four Rivers offers GED training courses. Instructor Carrie Stell’s impact is seen in students like Vera Essex and Ashley Cocklin.
“I just thank them for having me, and working with me – and giving me the opportunity to better myself.”
“They changed my life in the best way that they possibly could. And I would thank them a whole bunch for what they’re allowing me to do here.”
Even Tripod, the kitty, has found a home at Four Rivers Outreach. Everyone is welcome here. It’s evident the moment you walk through the door.