NBC correspondent Ann Curry interviewed UALR alum Georgia Mjartan, executive director of Our House – Little Rock’s only shelter for homeless families – for a segment on the network’s primetime program, “Rock Center,” on the struggles of the working poor.
Mjartan, a Donaghey Scholar and Whitbeck Award winner as the top graduate of 2004, is also profiled in UALR’s “Grads@Work” campaign that promotes UALR student success.
Our House is the only shelter in the state geared for working homeless families.
Mjartan said , “120 live at Our House at any given time, and last month 223 applied for shelter.”
“Only 40 were accepted,” she said. “The growing population of homeless in America are children, families and working people. Most shelters in the United States are not equipped for this new demographic. Our House in Little Rock is a long term program. Families wait at the gate hoping and wishing to get in.”