Lovell said she and her cohorts at the Center of Life and other non-profits are “building a network” to get teachers and mentors for those in need and by going to the food banks to get potential students/customers to sign up.
Lovell said this will take time and a committed volunteer who can sit down and talk to the prospective student/client to build a relationship and find out “what's really going on – why do you need this food? If they haven't got their GED, if they haven't graduated high school, then let's help them and get that. Then let's put them through a computer class.
“Let's help them help themselves out of this situation here they can't get out of. They're overwhelmed. Some of this is generational and they just don't know how to get out of it.
“We need more volunteers to go to the food banks to be an intake person and sit there an talk to these people, build a relationship with them,” she said.
Lovell added that people in need of assistance tend to go to the food bank first, when things start happening to change their situation. This, she said, is why the food banks are a good place to find out if people need help with filling out paperwork or getting job skills and education.
She added that readers can help by referring a potential customer or by sending volunteer prospects to the Center of Life, by calling (940) 327-8700.