Local nonprofit dwindles as inflation rate climbs

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — With inflation hanging over just about everything these days, local nonprofits like Interfaith Outreach Services are seeing the shocking rate of families in need of help in our community.

If things continue to go as they are, the general manager of Interfaith Outreach Kris Gossom said the increase in the number of people in need of help will only continue to grow.

“People are back to work, they’re trying to get by, they’ve been trying to get things going again since the pandemic, but now they’re being hit by the inflation that’s coming, and we’re all struggling,” said Gossom.

It’s getting harder and harder to stay afloat these days, from rising gas and food prices to rent increases, just about everything is costing more, and that’s pushing more and more people to seek help from places like Interfaith Outreach Services.

“We sometimes help people move out of an apartment they’ve deemed too expensive for them,” Gossom said. “We will help them with a deposit to help them get into an affordable place. The food is just crazy, it comes right out the door; people come every day for food.

Gossom said that while their nonprofit is doing everything it can to help anyone going through a tough time, it affects them too.

“We just wish we could do more, we always wish we could do more, but we’re just happy that we can be here to help people,” Gossom said. “I don’t think there’s a person in the world who hasn’t had a time when they had to ask someone for help, and we see a lot of people, about 60% of the people that we see now, I never had to ask for help before.

As inflation continues to hurt many people’s wallets, this help will only have to continue.

“It’s just a cycle: you have to have a job, then you have to go to your job, so you have to have gasoline for that, for you to go to work and earn money and buy gasoline to get back to work, and it’s hard to see that you can move on,” Gossom said.

If you or a loved one need help, you can find information at services provided by Interfaith Outreach Services here. To find ways to volunteer and donate, Click here.

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