Brian Hawkins, director for Cove House Homeless Shelter in Copperas Cove, was presented with a check for $792 Monday by Chick-fil-A Copperas Cove. From left, Ann Kennedy, wife of restaurant owner Stephen Kennedy; Dennis Griffin; Dawn Parker; Danielle Rotharmel and Hawkins.

It happens all too often in today’s society — a person gets up, makes breakfast, gets the kids off to school and then goes to work as usual only to find out they no longer have a job.

Stories of those who have fallen on hard times can be heard all across the nation, but thanks to the support of one nonprofit organization, many in the Central Texas area will not go hungry while they strive to get back on their feet.

Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter has been serving those in need for several years. For 2015, the nonprofit already served about 3,140 meals and sheltered 70 people, including 11 homeless veterans and nine families. In 2014, the number of meals served was over a whopping 16,000. Cove House Director Brian Hawkins said the shelter serves its clients three meals per day, seven days per week.

“The hope is that they will be saving the money they could be spending on food. Ultimately, to have finances available for expenses of moving into their own home,” he said.

To help Cove House with its efforts, Chick-fil-A Copperas Cove partnered with the nonprofit and hosts quarterly drives throughout the year. Chick-fil-A held one drive March 2-6, presenting a nearly $800 check to Cove House on Monday.

Dawn Parker, director of operations for the Cove Chick-fil-A, said she feels it’s a blessing to help those in her community and is proud to be able to do so.

“To be working with a company such as Chick-fil-A that works with an organization like the Cove House, which has such an impact on the community, is a great honor,” Parker said.

Hawkins said the money raised will be used in several areas of need, including the purchase of food from local food banks.

Those seeking help or wishing to make a monetary donation should call the Cove House at 254-547-4673. The facility is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

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