Local Woman Starts Program for Public Housing Residents

7 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, July 09 2010 Jul 9, 2010 Friday, July 09, 2010 4:15:51 AM CDT July 09, 2010 in News

"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
(CNN) -- The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday.... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 12:53:28 PM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office says almost 4,890 rape kits sitting in police evidence lockers or hospital... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 12:44:08 PM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The chairman of the House panel investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens says the committee no longer... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 12:40:46 PM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has cracked a rib of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill while performing the Heimlich... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 10:00:30 AM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City is kicking off its annual “Food 4 Kids” program Monday.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 7:36:00 AM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A 15-year-old is being widely praised for an act of kindness during a cross-country flight. Clara Daly... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 5:47:00 AM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Former Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has resigned from a leadership position with a federal agency,... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 5:29:00 AM CDT June 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said one person is in custody after a shooting on Rice Road Sunday night.... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, June 25 2018 Jun 25, 2018 Monday, June 25, 2018 1:04:00 AM CDT June 25, 2018 in Top Stories
TIPTON - Some Tipton residents are working together to run their own hog farm. This is in response to... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Jason Johnson has died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin in August.... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - Partial results in Turkey's snap elections put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party in the lead, lifting... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Bikers Against Child Abuse group met with children to discuss past altercations with abusers in their... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Power was restored at approximately 9:00 AM CT Sunday morning for most customers in the affected areas. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has saved money and reduced emissions through its long-term energy efficiency programs. The university has reduced... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS - An attorney is suing a nonprofit group connected to former Gov. Eric Greitens for its records. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:52:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- More than 200 people ran in the Hope for Heroes 5k on Saturday. The fundraising event was a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:40:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:21:17 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
3pm 84°
4pm 83°
5pm 83°
6pm 84°