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Woman fixing up $1 home for family in Center School District battling homelessness

Posted at 9:06 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 22:07:13-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Center School District knows there are just too many homeless students in their area.

"The challenge of homelessness is something that has been a rising challenge for many years," said Superintendent Dr. Sharon Nibbelink.

There are 200 kids in the district on the verge of homelessness or who are homeless.

The superintendent said it's effecting their learning.

"As you can probably imagine that wondering where you are going to sleep tonight or where you are going to get something to eat is always going to have an impact and is going to make it hard to do fractions and focus on reading when you have so much insecurity and instability in your home," said Nibbelink.

After doing their part to help, the district decided to bring in a group of outside organizations to help, calling it the "Impact Center School Campaign."

"This Impact Center is about connecting all those and working collaboratively and collectively to that end," said Nibbelink.

One person that is going to help those families is Laurie Schawub.

"In my twenties, long story of long series of dumb decisions left me without a place to live," said Schawub, who is with One By One Ministries.

But, she eventually got back on her feet.

41 Action News first met Schawub last April. She was someone who bought a home for $1 and fixed it up. Recently, she was approached to fix up another home for a family in crisis.

"He said, 'Hey, you know, would you consider rehabbing a house that is in the Center School District and working with us to provide a place for families to live,'" said Schawub.

She will turn around the home and help a family get back on their feet.

"I'm thrilled that I've been able to kind of turn it around enough to give back and to be a part of this and to help people in the same situation," said Schawub.

But, she has a goal in mind when helping this unknown family.

"I just want to be able to give people fresh start. I think everybody deserves that and needs that sometimes," said Schawub.