GIVING HOMELESS FAMILIES A SAFE PLACE
Help Us Give Homeless Children the Best Summer of Their Lives
For homeless and vulnerable children in our community, summer too often means facing dangerous streets, not having enough food to eat, suffering significant summer “learning loss” and missing out on lots of summer fun.
Hard economic times have increased the number of families coming to HomeFront for help and decreased the funding for our services. We are turning to you to give homeless children the best summer of their lives.
Our stellar summer programming includes recreational activities, academic enrichment and eight weeks of free, safe and fun summer camp. Can you sponsor a homeless child for camp this summer?
One child, one week – $135.
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!
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