Tracy Martie was struggling to keep a roof over her family’s head in 2012 when she learned about LifeLine Shelter for Families, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter assistance. LifeLine Shelter for Families works in Grand Prairie ISD to identify homeless students or students in families who are about to be homeless. The nonprofit was founded in 2003 and has helped more than 1,000 families to stay in their homes or find a place to live. LifeLine Shelter for Families is one of 25 agencies receiving funds from The Dallas Morning News Charities this year.

“We’re doing it for the children of the school district because that’s where our passion is,” executive director Kathy Severance said. “We don’t want to see homeless students. If they fall further and further and further behind, by the time they get up to be young people, maybe they are in such shape academically that they quit trying and they drop out of school.”

About 88 percent of LifeLine’s clients are women and many are single mothers, Severance said. The organization does not work with the chronically homeless.

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