IMPACT STATION is a short term emergency shelter primarily serving those who call Union County home and who need a hand-up to get life back on track. IMPACT60 Board Support, Bruce Daniels, Union County Family YMCA CEO & Board support, Former Union Co. Commissioner Chris Schmenk, Corie Bix, of United Way and i60 board members: Tony Eufinger, Holly Zwiezig and Lavona (See) Weaver were instrumental in the creation of IMPACT STATION. Murray Construction and Core Construction Partners led the build-out.
- Families struggling with homelessness, who are not as visible as homeless adults living on streets or in cars, are often overlooked
- Singles, in particular veterans and senior citizens, may find themselves in a traumatic situation due to unforeseen expenses
- Women may often be fleeing domestic abuse
- 20% of 18 years old aging out of foster care can instantly become homeless
Students Experiencing Homelessness
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program is to ensure that all children and youth, including preschoolers, have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education as non-homeless children and youth. From 2019-2021, 71 students in Union County schools were identified as homeless by education administrators.
The act gives homeless children rights such as:
- The right to immediate school enrollment even when they may not have previous school records
- The right to remain in the child’s “school or origin” if it’s in the student’s best interest
- The right to receive transportation
- The right to receive “support for academic success”