February 26, 2013
Earlier today we visited Raquel Figueroa and her children in a Target 24 special report, as they explained their hardships to survive under a tight budget.
Tonight we take an inside look at those agencies that pride themselves on helping the under privileged.
It's a harsh reality... But the numbers are shocking.
Thousands of people in the city of Erie need assistance to survive.
That assistance is known as the Saint Martin center.
CEO of the Saint Martin Center David Gonzalez's main goal is helping families move forward, by providing basic needs...like food, money for rent, and clothes so people in difficult financial situations can become self-sufficient.
They will help you, no matter what age.
And their early learning center is proof...
It's more than A-B-C's and colors, this school builds self-esteem and prepares children for challenges they will face emotionally and socially.
Child care administrator Stacey Hellmann gave us a tour of their school, saying nearly 80% of the children enrolled come from families who are living below the poverty line.
The school offers a program for the neediest children in the city, designed so these kids can receive eight hours of security to give those parents piece of mind.
And the students, in return... Trust their teachers.
All of the teachers have been with these students from the very beginning in order to build a continuous, lasting relationship.
Parents, if the early learning center interests you or your child, you could qualify.
you have to be working 20 hours a week or be enrolled full time in school with child subsidy funding.