Local Woman Starts Program for Public Housing Residents

7 years 5 months 2 days ago Friday, July 09 2010 Jul 9, 2010 Friday, July 09, 2010 4:15:51 AM CDT July 09, 2010 in News
loading

"I have heard so many stories about people living in public housing for many years," said Gates. "It could be five, six, ten years down the line and they're still in the same situation."

Gates started a program, Christ In Motion, that employs those living in her community and pairs them with people who need home care in her neighborhood.

Gates lives in public housing herself, but said she wants people to realize such situations should only be temporary.

"They have a certain mindset and it's hard to break them from that," said Gates.

Gates said public housing residents should be top priority for jobs.

"These individuals are the ones at this time, that I can see, that need the employment," she said. "They need to be on a first come first serve basis so they can gradually be able to come from public housing to possibly owning their own homes."

Columbia Housing Authority Boss Phil Steinhaus said the tough economy makes it difficult for people to get out of public housing.

"Some folks may remain in public housing longer and it may take them a little longer to actually work towards family self-sufficiency and work their way out," said Steinhaus.

Raco currently has three employees that work for four clients.

She pays them $10 per hour, using the money she receives from her own government aid.

"They go in and do some cleaning, some cooking, actually whatever would come as being a friend," said Gates.

Her sister Teri Gates also works for Christ In Motion and said she's more concerned about helping others than the money.

"It's been so good," said Gates' sister. "I told her I thought about it, and I know it's just starting up and the funds aren't together, so I told her you just pay me half."

On Thursday, she provided home care for Molly Johnson, who said Christ In Motion is less stressful than using other home care providers.

"I don't have to worry about someone messing up the paperwork and things not going through," said Johnson.

Clients pay five dollars if they need Christ In Motion to run errands, otherwise the services are free.

"Fuel costs money," said Johnson. "So five bucks, that's cheap as the dickens. I can handle that."

Gates said she wants to expand her program to fifty employees.

She hopes to find grant money to pay for it.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Nearly four years ago to the day, local business owner Linda Bonebrake was diagnosed with severe sepsis at... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:47:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Bird lovers got an up close look at birds typically seen in their backyards Sunday. It... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:36:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Museums around Columbia hosted docent led tours Sunday, spreading awareness about their exhibits and art collections. Docents are... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:59:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - 2017 will mark the 140th Christmas the historic Maplewood House has seen from its home in south Columbia.... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - MU Police Department, MU Greek Life, local businesses and residents made Operation Steal Back Christmas a huge success.... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:31:00 PM CST December 10, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — After more than 20 years of providing resources and activities for home schooling, a southwest Missouri... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:38:00 AM CST December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:39:00 AM CST December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Alyssa Schell joined the University of Missouri Police Department as a dispatcher in February, excited to be living out... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST December 10, 2017 in News
CENTRALIA - A husband, wife and visiting grandchildren escaped a Saturday night house fire in Centralia, fire officials said. ... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 1:36:00 AM CST December 10, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 8-year-old boy has died after being hit by a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:35:21 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Students, staff and community members volunteered at University Village this morning to create a community garden, with the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:41:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia provides plenty of Christmas experiences for families to enjoy, but Columbia Access Television (CAT) offered a unique... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:38:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, the Patrick family watched news reports about the damage from their home... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:25:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With two years added to his contract, Mizzou football head coach Barry Odom will remain with the Tigers... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:15:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The first-degree murder trial of a 28-year-old Wisconsin man charged in the stabbing death of his Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:06:46 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- As winter approaches, cold temperatures are making their way back to Columbia, with lows this week consistently below freezing.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:37:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Treats Unleashed hosted “Milk and Cookies” Saturday to benefit Everything Greyt, a greyhound rescue organization. Dogs and... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:28:00 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police officers in St. Louis have come under gunfire for the second time in three days.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:04:54 PM CST December 09, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 36°
1am 35°
2am 34°
3am 31°
4am 32°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:35p
The Simpsons
12:05a
Inside Edition
12:35a
Paid Program
11:00p
All the Wilderness
1:00a
Family Guy
1:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Better Late Than Never
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld