$82,000 fund anchors two homeless shelters in Columbia

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | 4:21 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A homeless shelter and an emergency shelter for children will receive a total of $82,407 in January to better serve children in Columbia.

The money is part of $1.2 million awarded by the Missouri Department of Social Services. Rainbow House and Harbor House in Columbia, together with 13 other shelters in the state, will split the money that's part of the federal stimulus package.

“We have not received any formal notification from the governor’s office, but it is our understanding that we will receive $50,000 in January,” Jan Stock, executive director of Rainbow House, said.

Rainbow House will use the money to help to defray the costs incurred by the Rainbow House Children’s Emergency Shelter in providing shelter, food, clothing and other necessities. A large percentage of those children were referred by parents who are in crisis, many of them homeless.

“The funding we receive from the Department of Social Services through a crisis care contract has been utilized for this fiscal year,” Stock said. “We will not be able to access any more of those funds until July 1, 2011, so this money will be extremely helpful.”

The Harbor House expects to receive about $32,000 in January. “It’s without question a very fine drop in the bucket,” Maj. Kendall Mathews of the Salvation Army said.

Harbor House plans to use the funds for supplemental homeless services and to enhance case-management services.

“Typically, we provide housing, closing, and other basic services to mothers with children and some fathers with children,” Mathews said. 

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