JOHNSON COUNTY — In Johnson County there is call for backup in the fight to help Hoosiers in need.
"We have people who have lost their jobs, it's really hit our middle class," Jenna Martin said. Martin has seen first-hand the help people in Johnson County need, both due to the pandemic and the struggles of everyday life. She and a small staff from the non-profit group Kids In Crisis - Intervention Team offers a wide range of services to Johnson County residents experiencing homelessness.
The group better known as "KIC-IT" offers help with just about everything, from finding a place to live, to transportation, managing finances and even something as simple as a shower. "Our clients could be like a mother of six kids trying to overcome challenges of the past to be successful. They also could be like another client that we have that's in high school with a newborn child who's trying to finish her high school diploma and work and take care of her brand new baby," Martin said.
The young mother of six is an actual person who needs help with transportation to her new job. KIC-IT is looking for someone to donate a car to the mother who is trying to turn her life around and provide for her children. Martin says without a car or public transportation that woman could lose her new job.
"On the south side of Indianapolis, we don't have a lot of public transportation. Having public transportation to get to jobs that have abilities for higher pay and additional skillsets is very difficult, so we are trying to help this mom," Martin said.
KIC-IT serves all of Johnson County but doesn't receive a dime from the county. Donations are their lifeline. Martin says with a long road still ahead in this pandemic, every donation big or small goes a long way. "Some of our best donations have been Uber gift cards, Lyft gift cards, Subway Gift Cards for food," Martin said.
If you would like to donate a car, money or other good to KIC-IT send an email to: email@example.com.