“Homelessness can touch anyone and that’s why I’m coming to you all for help,” said Ryan’s Place Case Management Director David Logan.
KCEOC officially opened Ryan’s Place Youth Crisis Center this year in an effort to provide immediate housing and resources for youth (ages 18-24) who are experiencing homelessness in Knox County.
“The first step to ending youth homelessness is showing concern and getting involved with Ryan’s Place,” said Beverly Isom, KCEOC’s Supportive Service Director.
How can you get involved?
Ryan’s Place is seeking donations for the eight individuals who are currently housed there. They are in need of full-size bedding, pillows, all household items, hygiene products, gas or food gift cards, and non-perishable items.
“We need to work together to combat homelessness and the hardships it brings.” Logan added, “Hopefully Barbourville and Knox County can be a shining light to the entire country on what we are doing to end homelessness.”
Logan concluded by saying, “Please, work with KCEOC and fight against youth homelessness. We can do this together. Let’s help these people.”
If you would like to donate, you may drop off donations at 462 Court Square, Barbourville, KY 40906. Be sure to call David Logan at 606-595-3785 or 606-595-2252 before dropping off donations to set up a date and time.
Logan included a statement made by Laci, a seven-year-old client who is staying at Ryan’s Place with her parents: “Ryan’s Place means our house, nice people, friends to help my mom and dad get us a new house and we live a happy life.”