MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford nonprofit that works to support homeless youth just received an influx of funding to keep their work alive during the economic downturn caused by coronavirus.
Hearts with a Mission announced on Thursday that it received a $20,000 grant from AllCare Health's COVID-19 Resiliency Fund to help provide services for homeless, runaway, and transitional youth in a time of crisis.
"Hearts With A Mission serves homeless, runaway, and transitional youth in crisis by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring, family reunification, and transition planning with a faith-based approach," the organization said in a statement.
The nonprofit's youth shelter provides services for youth ages 10 through 17, and its Transitional Living Program home serves homeless young adults ages 18 to 22.
"Hearts With A Mission will be using funds to support our increase in expenses due to COVID-19 for additional staffing with kids now home all day and needing extra educational support; increased costs for shelter food, utilities, and paper products; and to replace a loss of revenue due to cancellation of our two major fundraisers," the organization said.
Hearts with a Mission says that it has provided over 48,810 nights of shelter to more than 1,163 youth in Jackson and Josephine counties since it opened in 2010.