Sheena Griffin, KRA Instructor, Norfolk KRA/VIEW (Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare) program, reports, “For KRA Community Care Day, our team volunteered for winter-cleanup of the local Ronald McDonald House, and donated more than 200 items, including school supplies, toys, and nonperishable food. But, KRA Norfolk did not stop there; we believe in charitable giving year-round. So, we initiated an ongoing clothing drive for our “Get Warm 2011” campaign that, at the end of last year and into the future, benefits two important community resources that partner with KRA on behalf of our customers.” The first, The Dwelling Place, located just blocks from KRA, provides shelter for many VIEW customers who are temporarily homeless. Griffin continued, “KRA Norfolk donated gently-used clothing, as well as toys and car- and booster-seats to The Dwelling Place, which contributes to customer self-sufficiency, by eliminating housing barriers to a safe and stable environment conducive for personal and professional development.”
Spearheaded by Tiffany Haynes, KRA Lead Instructor, the Norfolk/VIEW team is also collaborating with C.H.O.S.E.N. ministries, on an ongoing basis, to contribute warm clothing and coats for family members of varying ages and sizes. Mrs. Haynes commented, “In the first week of our program, C.H.O.S.E.N. was able to provide eight coats to three KRA customer-families. ‘Get Warm 2011’ has now given way to ‘Get Warm 2012’, and we are grateful that this annual initiative will largely impact and support the Norfolk and Hampton Roads communities we serve.” Pictured below are Tiffany Haynes and Ninette Terry, KRA Employment Specialist.