BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Burke County middle school teacher is being credited with starting a nonprofit organization to help homeless kids in his area.
According to a spokesperson with Burke County Public Schools, Tim Barnsback, who is a teacher at Heritage Middle School, founded the One Head-One Bed nonprofit organization to provide "portable beds to homeless students in public schools."
"After learning about several students that are homeless/transient or sharing beds with adults and younger students, I solicited donations for a set of bunk beds, mattresses and linens," Barnsback said. "While this made life easier for one family, it revealed the depth and complexities of student homelessness. Requests for beds started coming to me at an alarming rate."
Barnsback soon learned that one of his son's friends was one of the families affected, so he knew he had to do something. "How can we expect kids to dream about the future when they don't even have their own bed?" he asked.
After receiving several donations, the nonprofit was able to provide beds for eight homeless students who attend Burke County Public Schools before the Christmas holiday.
"No matter where they stay, students should always have the comfort and security of sleeping in their own bed," Barnsback said.
Mike Swan, who is the director of students services at Burke County Public Schools, says the students who meet the criteria for the nonprofit include those who live in a shelter, motel, campground or are "doubled up with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship."