Donations keep WestCare afloat
When you think of the homeless, you usually don't imagine them locally. But there are homeless men, women, and children everywhere, even here, and without a center like WestCare in Pikeville, they may have no where to go at all.
The WestCare center is not just a homeless shelter; according to director Ray Cox, it serves several purposes, but is constantly in danger of having to close its doors. Its annual operating budget is $160,000 and this year's government assistance was about 5% of that total--so the other 95 percent of the money comes from the community and the businesses that make up the community.
Yesterday, we saw a local business give back to WestCare Shelter in Pikeville, and give back to the community. Kirby Walters from the Walters Auto Group was on hand to present a check for $2,500, a donation which will be matched by Toyota.