Family Promise covers immediate and necessary expenses so that families with children can direct their incomes to paying off debt or saving up for a deposit on a house. One of the families currently staying at the shelter has two daughters who are in need of clothing, shoes, and school supplies.
The Lawrence Fruit Tree Project works to address the growing need for access to nutritious food by partnering with the public to grow, maintain, and utilize perennial food plants. Through community orchard projects, the organization helps local residents plant and care for fruit trees, develops proposals for appropriate public spaces to plant trees, and hosts educational workshops about fruit- and nut-tree cultivation.
As the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, DCCDA serves as a membership organization and multiservice agency dedicated to the well-being of families and children. Along with helping families find reliable and affordable childcare, the DCCDA runs a federal food program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to adults and children receiving daycare and an early-childhood mental-health-consultation program.
The organization continues its commitment to children's lifestyle and eating habits through its Families, Farmers and Educators United for Healthy Child Development (FFEU) project, which incorporates gardening and healthful meals into children's daily routines.