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Moms First: Giving gratitude on Thanksgiving

Whitney and daughter Jordan Little are excited for Thanksgiving festivities. // WSBT 22 photo

Acording to a 2015 study released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than $500,000 people are homeless across the country, and a quarter of them are children.

The Center for the Homeless in South Bend is helping families for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

For more than 20 years, the Center for the Homeless has been serving our community in need.

On Thanksgiving day, they will serve a holiday feast, but for many families who call the center home, it's about way more than just turkey and stuffing.

Whitney Little says for the last six months, the Center for the Homeless has been her lifeline.

"I was a little embarrassed. I didn't want people to know, but the programs that they have here are so helpful. They really want to see us all succeed," Little said.

Little, who just had her fourth child, said she feels blessed to spend Thanksgiving at the center.

"Hearing all of the festivities that they are going to have makes me happy that I have somewhere to spend with my kids," Little said.

On Thanksgiving day, the center will open their doors to hundreds for a holiday meal, and many of those will be children.

"We are putting outreach baskets to the guests, and then we invite the public to sit down and have a meal so they can be exposed to the center," said Taya Groover.

"I just turned 5 September 11th," said Jordan Little.

Jordan Little, who attends the Montessori School at the center, is just one of the 60 children who call the center home.

"My daughter loves being at this school, and her teacher is awesome. We love Ms. Portia, and they have a great curriculum," said Whitney Little.

Little says she has much to be grateful for this holiday season. She is soon moving out and moving up.

"I will have my own place for my kids, and I just want to work and take care of my kids," she said.

It costs the Center for the Homeless of South Bend around $41 dollars to support one guest each day.

The center is always in need of donations and volunteers, so people who can't give money can still give their time.

So if you can't give money you can give your time....Darla, Thanks.

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