KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Right now NewsWatch12 is collecting new and gently used coats for our Coats for Kids Campaign. Integral Youth Services distributes these coats in Klamath Falls, last year they gave out 850 coats to kids in need.
Bethany Osborn is part of the Homeless Education Liaison Program (HELP) at Integral Youth Services.
"One of our main goals is to help these kids get to graduation," said Bethany Osborn.
Bethany says she's extremely passionate about this job because she knows what it's like to be homeless. More than two years ago she came to Oregon with her son fleeing domestic violence.
"My son and I had everything we owned in the back of my car," said Osborn.
Bethany tells NewsWatch12 when she got to Oregon she didn't have any of her documents, including her son's birth certificate. Eventually Bethany went to Integral Youth Services, here she was able to get the documents, enroll her son in school, and even get a job.
"By having this experience I feel like it really helps me relate with the people that I work with," said Osborn.
Bethany now helps struggling families connect with resources in the community, and most importantly, get their kids into school.
"The first thing I do, I help get those kids into school, make sure the kids have some sort of consistency while the families are settling down and trying to work through what they’re getting through," said Osborn.
Bethany is encouraging everyone to donate to NewsWatch12's Coats for Kids Campaign, because you never know when you might be the one needing help.
"Being able to pay it forward is something that, well you can’t really put a price on that," said Osborn.
NewsWatch12's Coats for Kids Campaign is going on through October 24th. There are drop off locations across Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. For more information on how you can donate, click here.