THERE'S NO HOLIDAY FROM HOMELESSNESS
Every night 300 to 400 families put shame aside and come to us asking for a safe place to sleep, or food so their kids won’t go hungry. Each family who comes to us is one of a kind. And that’s how we treat them.
They are individuals with goals and dreams of their own, just like you and me. The difference is that they may have to climb farther to get there. As they climb, we’re right beside them.
HomeFront has provided a path to stability for countless local families by bringing together government aid, committed volunteers and generous program support from people like you. Last year, private donations helped ensure that hundreds of local families had the things they needed most: a safe, clean place to sleep; nutritious meals; and the year-round educational and enrichment opportunities every child needs to succeed, in school and in life.
HomeFront’s private funding, your gift, is our heart – and our strength.
This is the time of year when caring people like you are asked for so much by so many. But there’s a difference. In supporting HomeFront, you are supporting your own neighbors. Most live within 20 minutes of your home. These families are part of our own community – your everyday world.
With your help, HomeFront will step up the fight, and provide the families who come to our door every day with everything they need to work toward a better life.
GIVING HOMELESS FAMILIES A SAFE PLACE
NO CHILD SHOULD GO HUNGRY ON THANKSGIVING DAY. OR ANY DAY.
This year HomeFront's goal is to feed 1,000 needy families for Thanksgiving. You can make a difference in your community. You – and other members of your community organization, house of worship, school, corporation or business – can help us reach our goals!
Help our families for Thanksgiving Day by donating a Thanksgiving basket and/or organizing a food drive and packing decorated baskets or boxes (with a lid) complete with the following:
Remember: These families will also need food after the Thanksgiving holiday.
To let us know how many families you would like to help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609)989-9417 x133
Other ways to help:
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Decorate the boxes in which you will be packing the Thanksgiving meal! Or, run a food drive at your church, school or with your local community group.
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!
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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HomeFront's Warehouse to Open on Saturdays Beginning in April
HomeFront's warehouse will open to accept donations on Saturday from 9 a.m. till noon beginning in April. These new hours are in addition to the normal drop off times of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-5. Read more
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.