The Issue: Children Experiencing Homelessness
More than 1,065,700 students experiencing homelessness—who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”—were enrolled in US preschools and K–12 schools in the 2010–2011 school year, according to data from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. That figure represents a 13% increase in students experiencing homelessness over the previous academic year. Yet even this number is almost certainly an underestimate of the country’s true population of children who are homeless because not all of these children are enrolled in school.
The Campaign: Providing Shelter for Homeless Individuals
If 70 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) can fund 40 nights of shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who participate in its Families Achieving Independence Through Housing (FAITH) program, thanks to matching donations by the EECM Board of Directors. Donations will be matched up to $700. The FAITH program works to reunite families experiencing homelessness by providing nonmedical respite housing in 27 residences. Individuals and families who participate in the FAITH program also receive case management and support services. Children’s advocates work with schools to help youth stay on top of their academics, and families on the path to self-sufficiency may receive help for rent, utilities, furniture, and cleaning supplies. Each additional $35 raised will fund another night of shelter.
All donations will be matched up to a $700 total by East End Cooperative Ministry's Board of Directors.
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East End Cooperative Ministry
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 by a team of local seminary students to distribute breakfast to children who were going to school without meals. Today, the organization combines the goodwill of more than 40 congregations, local businesses, and volunteers to run a trio of programs dedicated to alleviating hunger, providing housing, and serving youth in the community. Its Meals on Wheels program, emergency food pantry, and soup kitchen distribute warm lunches and fresh groceries to an average of 400 people every day. Individuals experiencing homelessness can rest in the onsite shelter, which houses more than 40 men every night and provides access to social services. EECM further seeks to end the cycle of poverty with a series of in-school and afterschool programs that engage youth on vital issues including drug-use prevention and sustainability.