Outreach Ministries lunches new program to help working families with kids

Outreach Ministries in Evansville just launched a new program Friday morning, and it could be a big help to families with small kids.

It's called "Outreach Reaching Out".

Now, if you've never heard of Outreach ministries, it's a organization that provides hard working families with financial assistance.

It's partnering with two day cares in the area: Child Care Services and St. Vincent's Child Care Center.

Outreach hopes to eventually also partner up with Caring Friends and P. K. Kids Kingdom.

Here is how the program works.

Once a month, a family resource officer will stop by to check in with parents as they drop their kids off.

They'll see if the families need help with utilities, bus tokens, rent, that sort of thing.

To qualify, a family must be in a "state of emergency", for example, they must be in jeopardy of being evicted.

"Often times working poor people, if they have a blow out on a tire, if they have to take their child to the doctor, give medicine, that puts their whole month out of whack. We want to help them stay housed, pay rent, help pay rent, utilities," says Amy Kroeger, Executive Director of Outreach.

In 2013 alone, Outreach Ministries has helped more than 12,000 people.