Poverty and abuse affects adults and children in East Texas, and to help those in need an organization opened a new facility today to give
help where it's desperately needed.
Buckner children and family services of East Texas helps those in need in numerous ways, and Friday expanded their services to south Longview. With a ribbon cutting the new campus on south High street was officially opened. It's going to be a place that will offer so much to those who need it.
"It's a place for families in crisis. We were intentional in coming to the southside and investing these dollars here. We think it makes a statement of how we value south Longview," says senior executive director David Ummel.
The new facility of the faith-based ministry and particularly children.
"We provide families for children who can provide the nurturing care and the love that they need. Children that are victims of abuse and neglect. It gives kids that time to be a child. To be in a safe and loving home and just be children," says foster care and adoption director Debbie Sceroler.
"In 2015, we had 525 confirmed child abuse cases in Gregg County. One thing that we can do to prevent child abuse is education, so not to have that
education would mean that those numbers in our county would tend to increase," says Buckner project worker Michelle Heflin.
All assistance is in-house, even housing for 17 families.
"They now feel that they're in a safe environment they can go to school and continue their goals," says Buckner Family Pathways' Kimberly Clough.
Over $6,000,000 in private donations were made to fund the project.
"It was really made possible by the generosity of donors here in Longview, who believe in what we do and why we're doing it," Ummel says.
Founded in 1879, Buckner is the oldest and largest faith based foster care and adoption social service agency in Texas.
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