Celebrity with a Cause

When country music superstar Tim McGraw makes a stop at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tonight, fans will be happy to know that a portion of the proceeds from his tour stop will benefit SEARCH Homeless Services. Pat Hernandez has more.

McGraw’s Southern Voice Tour is supporting nonprofits which serve children and their families in select cities. Through their Neighbor’s Keeper Charitable fund, McGraw and his wife Faith Hill are making a grant to Houston’s SEARCH Homeless Services. Thao Costis is executive director.

“It is a very significant gift that can help I would think, five families for a year, to be supported and their job search, and short term housing assistance until they can get back on their feet and child care support.”

She says in the past year, SEARCH has seen a 60-percent increase in the number of people who are homeless for the first time.

“And that is a very unfortunate consequence of today’s challenges. So, with his help, we will be able to enhance our programs, where we are putting families back into apartments quickly, and supporting them with rent and utilities assistance until they can get back on their feet which hopefully, is just within a few months, versus the challenges of people that, once they become homeless and experience it for a long time, it gets harder and harder to get back on their feet.”

Costis says shedding the light on the needs of homeless families and children in Houston is important because they are the fastest growing population among the homeless. McGraw and Hill founded the Neighbor’s Keeper Fund six years ago to nurture the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.

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