Hope for the Homeless

54% of all Georgetown ISD students are considered low income. The Georgetown Project offers quality youth development programs to children and youth from all walks of life, with a special focus on increasing access to these programs for children with limited resources.

A 7-year initiative in partnership with GISD and hundreds of passionate community members to inspire Georgetown in a comprehensive and coordinated way to address adolescent homelessness. This initiative includes opening of THE NEST day shelter November 2011.

Georgetown Independent School District & The Georgetown Project


During recent years awareness has evolved of the fact that an increasing number of GISD students meet the McKinney-Vento federal law criteria for being considered “homeless.” Together, GISD faculty and staff, GHS students, and citizens have learned about this humanitarian need and have worked to support these students. Note the program initiatives below.

GISD Student Services: Zelinda Richards, Family Specialist, manages the school district homeless education program with a mission of assisting all GISD homeless students and their families to be well fed, clothed, cared for and supported.

The Locker (previously called “Eagle Locker”): GISD supervises this student-based initiative. This special program was created and is maintained by student/athletes at GHS as a means of serving their fellow students in need.  Purchased items are kept in a GISD space and are discreetly available, free of charge, to students in need.  The Locker is now available on GHS, EHS, Richarte HS, GAP and all three middle school campuses.

The NEST: This “community energized” innovation is now open through the leadership of The Georgetown Project. A “safe haven” for teens that are not able to spend the night in their respective homes, do not have homes, or are in crisis and need assistance, is now a reality.


Any person or group that wishes to support programs for homeless students may do so by submitting donations either through The Georgetown Project or through The Locker. In each case, the donated funds are responsibly accounted for and a donor can be assured that all funds will be spent meeting the needs of homeless students.

Financial Donations by Citizens—Checks payable to: The Georgetown Project – specify for “The NEST”; P.O. Box 957, Georgetown, TX 78627

The Georgetown Project (fiscal agent) for basic needs support to GISD homeless students and their families:  Mail to The Georgetown Project, P.O. Box 957, Georgetown, TX 78627; specify for GISD homeless students and their families.

The Locker (Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation is the fiscal agent):  Mail To Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 West 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626; specify for "The Locker".  Phone: 512-863-4186

Note: TGP and CTCF are non-profit, so any donations are tax-exempt

The Georgetown Project - The NEST
Leslie Janca, TGP Exec. Director

GISD Homeless Education
Zelinda Richards, Family Specialist
512-943-5000  x6046

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