The Issue: Homeless Families' Lack of Furnishings
On January 26, 2011, 407 families were homeless in Kansas City, according to the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City's Point in Time Count. These families lived on the street or in shelters, but they all were without a home of their own during a winter when the average temperature was 27 degrees.
When families move from homelessness to transitional housing, they often carry nothing with them but the clothes on their backs. Their new residences may be empty, devoid of furniture and supplies—all the things that make a home. Supplying bedding to families transitioning out of homelessness can help make their new homes seem all the more inviting and comfortable.
The Campaign: Providing Sheets and Stuffed Animals for Children
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Sheffield Place to provide bedding for children who, along with their families, are transitioning from homelessness. For every $50 raised, Sheffield Place can provide a set of children's twin sheets and a small stuffed animal for one youth. Every year, Sheffield Place places up to 30 families in two-year transitional housing. Every family gets new bedding—sheets, blankets, and pillows—that they can take with them when they move into permanent housing.
Sheffield Place doesn't just shelter people—it addresses the underlying trauma that can upend a person's life. Mothers with infants and children up to age 12 come to Sheffield Place to find a long-term place to live and transition out of the cycle of homelessness. Each family moves into a two-room living unit with a private bath in a building with 14 units. They share kitchen and laundry rooms with their floor's other residents and remain in the apartment for two years until they can gain self-sufficiency. To help families rebuild their lives, Sheffield Place offers trauma-informed care and primary health care, which cater to both the mental-health needs and the physical wellness of the women and children. Residents can attend onsite therapy sessions to help them cope with trauma, substance abuse, and the struggles of independent living.
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