MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Employment opportunities are here for the homeless in Midland. With a current tally of over 230 homeless people in Midland for 2020, the number is expected to rise with the double whammy of the oil bust and the coronavirus pandemic.
Definitely a hard time in Midland with the Covid and the oil prices. A lot of people are ending up on the street with no where else to go to and people need work. A lot of the guys this is their only source of income. to work a couple days a week.Jeff Massie, Program Manager for The Glean Up Project
John Mark Echolls created The Field’s Edge which is a tiny home village for the homeless. He has always had a passion for helping that group, and now he’s taking it a step further.
The glean up program gives the opportunities for these guys to work, they want to work. It gives them dignity to have employment and work for their income instead of panhandling. It’s an opportunity for them to contribute to a community and be apart of it.John-Mark Echols, C.E.O. of The Field’s Edge
Through nonprofit like Keep Midland Beautiful, Christmas in Action, and the Permian Basin Area Foundation – so far they’ve been able to help over a dozen workers earn 4 thousand dollars in wages since April. They also help with case management, if anyone is in need of identification, social security number and others. The Field’s Edge village is set to open in September.
Some of the people you see working right now are sleeping on the street, they are sleeping on the street tonight. This is an effort to get down to the most vulnerable level of our homeless population and begin the process of lifting.John-Mark Echols, C.E.O. of The Field’s Edge
There are many ways to get invovled with The Field’s Edge. Some donations, including the creation of a named brick, can be made on their website. John-Mark Echol’s information is on the link.