It has been a busy summer at Crosslines in Monett, according to MaLinda King, director.
"Crosslines has been blessed with some of the overflow from Joplin, including three truckloads of food, formula, personal care items and diabetic supplies," King said.
One local resource is no longer available to Crosslines, King said. Heartland Lodge, on Highway 60, has closed and is no longer available for emergency overnight shelter for those in need.
"We can only advise people of the nearest shelters at this time," King said. "The nearest one is in Neosho."
King said that Heartland had been a blessing to the Crosslines program for a number of years and would be missed.
"I expect things to stay pretty steady through the upcoming holidays," King said. "We are looking forward to a busy holiday season."
King announced the addition of a new board member, Debbie Brafford. King also reported the loss of a valued employee with the death of Wanda Brooks during the past quarter.
King reported 521 families received assistance through the Crosslines program for the past quarter. Those services included: food vouchers, gas bills, electric bills, water bills, rent, fans, propane, furniture, household items, gasoline, auto parts, towing, repairs to a wheelchair lift, medical transport, dental services, clothing, baby formula and other infant needs, motel rooms, toiletries, cleaning supplies, prescriptions, medical equipment and a funeral expense, among others.
King reported a heartwarming success story for the quarter in which a homeless mother and her children were assisted in obtaining housing, a job and enrolling the children in school.
"If not for all of our supporters, this would not have happened," King said. "I want to express my appreciation to them for making this and other success stories possible."