Program seeks donors to help families

"We provided an average of $1,700 last week," he added.

The increase in families in need in Southern Saratoga County has also been evident to teachers and staff in the Shenendehowa Central School District. Michael Smith, director of student services at Shenendehowa, said that he has seen more families in the community move into homelessness.

"As the homeless liaison for the district, I have seen more families become temporarily homeless," said Smith.

Additionally, Kathie Chank, who runs CAPTAIN's outreach program for low-income students and families, said that the demand for CAPTAIN services has increased dramatically over the past 20 years.

"When you think of Clifton Park, you think of an affluent community. However, our Web site shows that there are many families in need," Chank said.

CAPTAIN, which stands for Community Action for Parents and Interested Neighbors, was developed in 1977 to help teenagers with alcohol and substance abuse issues. Since then, CAPTAIN programs have expanded to include education, prevention and intervention for low-income families and children in southern Saratoga County.

Head Start, homework help, street outreach, a peace camp, after-prom parties, and a second-hand clothing and furnishing shop are a few of the programs operated by CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services.

Those interested in adopting a family for the holidays or making a donation to CAPTAIN can call 371-1185.""

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