STOP HUNGER NOW
We have joined forces with the anti-hunger Feinstein Foundation. During March/April each dollar or food item contributed will help us receive additional funds to fight hunger in our own community.
You can help in several ways:
Together, we can end hunger.
GIVING HOMELESS FAMILIES A SAFE PLACE
HOMEFRONT’S “CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS”
In the U.S., an astonishing 1.7 million children are homeless. That is one out of every 45 children in our community.
Homelessness and poverty can cycle from generation to generation but so can education, stability and success. "The key to changing this cycle are the children – helping homeless children was the reason HomeFront started over 20 years ago and these children remain a major focus," explains Connie Mercer, executive director. "We must create a new cycle of hope and productivity for these kids."
HomeFront offers a wide range of children’s support programs: tutoring, recreation, health, nutrition, positive social contact and exposure to the surrounding world. Our goal is to ensure that homelessness does not derail a child’s future and that our children grow into young people able to reach their fullest potential.
Homelessness hurts children:
Because of all these facts, HomeFront children’s specialists, our “Children’s Champions,” work tirelessly with children, their parents, schools and the community.
Over the past year, 2,200 children were served by HomeFront; thanks to the extraordinary talents, expertise and fortitude that our “Children’s Champions” displayed every day, these young people will have the positive and healthy “growing up” years every child needs and every child deserves.
MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING
Not only does HomeFront provide support services once a family becomes homeless, we also help prevent homelessness whenever possible.
This year HomeFront distributed over $500,000 in back rent, security deposits and utilities to families in crisis and on the brink of facing the horror of homelessness. These funds are carefully administered to families who have no significant issues other than being a tragic victim of the recession or bureaucracy. However, homelessness prevention is about much more than money and keeping the family in a home is only the first step.
For instance, HomeFront helps families navigate the bureaucratic system so they may receive the benefits and supports to which they are entitled. Often families have trouble figuring out where to go or who to call, or for that matter, if they qualify for assistance. Sometimes it’s a coat of fresh paint that will change a landlord’s eviction notice, or other times, it is helping a client tap into the proper social service agency.
Yet another aspect to homelessness prevention is teaching job skills and promoting education so that families can increase their earning power. We make sure families have all essential life-skill components of self-sufficiency – including teaching them how to care for their home ensuring that it’s kept tidy and clean; shopping smart so the family eats healthy and mom prepares nutritious meals; and making sure that children are nurtured academically and socially.
With each client, HomeFront’s goal is the same––to help them through the crisis so they can stay in their home.
Just as vaccines that prevent disease work, so does homelessness prevention. A family’s needs may be challenging, but the end result is a holistic preventive program that keeps families in their home!
HomeFront’s Basketball Team Reaches Championship
Congratulations to our home team! While the team did not come home with a trophy, the outcome was still spectacular! Read more
Naked Pizza Makes Valentines Day Special
Naked Pizza in Princeton donated 23 pizzas for the Women's Initiative's Valentine's Day party for the children at our Family Preservation Center. Read more
Every year, the Hamilton Grange generously donates enough dictionaries so that children in our Family Preservation Center tutoring programs can have their very own copies. Read more
2012-13 Annual Report Available
HomeFront's new annual report is now available. It highlights the scope of our work and list the donors who have made the work possible. Read more
Summer Reading Program Huge Success
Twenty-five children read over 670 books this summer reports Melva Moore, HomeFront's Educational Success Director. Read more
Desperately Needed Items!
We need food. Our food pantry shelves are empty as we are experiencing a food shortage. PLEASE HELP! Read more
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Poor Kids: Growing Up in Poverty
Take a few worthwhile minutes and view this gripping account of the economic crisis as seen through the eyes of children. Read more
Tyco Helps Families Make a House a Home
Moving into a home is a big first step for homeless families. But it takes a couch to sit on, a table to have meals together and lamps to do homework by--all things that make a house a home. With support from Tyco, HomeFront's Resource Network serves over 3,000 families a year making each home a special place.