It may not be something that is known about in our city. When you think about homelessness, you may think it only applies to 'bigger cities,' but unfortunately it is a harsh reality that is here in the Permian Basin as well. According to Newswest 9,

'at this moment, MISD has 270 students enrolled that are identified as homeless and more than 350 who are inactive.'

You just never know a person's home life, their current situation and it is not for us to judge by any means. These students go to school with our children, they could have classes with them, they may be a school friend that not much is known about them. Now, how can we help?

At the end of last year, MISD launched the family support center. According to,

"Midland ISD's Student Services Department aims to serve the needs of our District's most at-risk families."

Thus is the case even during the summer when kids are out of school, the MISD Family Support Center, will be providing food and basic hygiene items. There are families of students who are currently lacking basic everyday needs. Soap, shampoo, socks, toothpaste, undergarments and as I mentioned before, food.

If you know of someone who may need a little help, we all have at one time or another, you may urge them to call student services at (432)240-1520.
IN PHOTOS: American Life in 2020