MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Raised by educators Jill McCall always knew the pivotal role they play in a student’s life.
“My mom was an educator and she always helped kids. We had extra kids at our family dinner, we were providing rides, meals, extra support, homework was always going on at our house will extra help,” said McCall, the Executive Director of Student Services.
As she got older McCall wanted to impact kids just like her mom did. So she found herself a job at MISD and did just that.
Now, with the support of the District and other non-profit organizations McCall is launching a Family Support Center for Midland at-risk families.
The Executive Director said, “I think Midland is good about having stuff but families don’t know where to go to get that. Instead of us sending them to look for it we are going to help them find it and put them in the right place to get the support that they need so that they can get their kids back in school and back on track for learning.”
This one-stop center will have things like survival kits for families that have had to transition out of a home quickly. The kits will have hygiene products, socks, pots, pans, and other items that they can use to start over. The center will also have school uniforms and supplies available to those in need.
“I’ve worked in some schools with a low socio-economic status and a lot of times teachers and educators are the only people that kids feel like they can rely on sometimes. They just need someone who is consistent and who’s a kind face or someone who is compassionate to them,” she said.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family support center is running by appointment only. If you would like to schedule one you can do so by calling the center at 432-240-1520.