Salinas City Elementary School District has a Family Resource Center that serves homeless and foster youth. Last school year, 2017-2018, our staff identified 3,335 homeless students. This is 37% of our district!
Students receive school clothing or uniforms, sweater or coat, socks, shoes, belts, backpacks, school supplies, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, soap/washcloth, reading books, non-perishable food, blankets, tarps, umbrellas, alarm clocks, bus passes, shower passes, and other resources to help ensure success and continuity in their educational process.
Hope is also an important aspect of what our Family Resource Center provides to these needy families. Hope creates an idea that goals can be achieved. The Center provides a seed of hope to the children creating a desire in them to do their best in school and understand that they too have an opportunity to go to college, to have a career, and to end the poverty they are experiencing as children when they are adults. This supporting environment helps children to understand their self-worth and heighten their self-esteem. The program offers a truth to homeless/foster children that they desperately need to know...that every child in America has a right & opportunity to achieve their dreams through education.
Many homeless and foster children fall behind in school. This creates frustration in the children, the feeling of inadequacy, truancy, anger, and a downhill slope in self-esteem and school grades. It is the goal of our program to lift these children up by providing them with basic school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and support that will level the field for them at school. We are specifically requesting laundry, hygiene, and snack items for our homeless students living in encampments and cars.
Students attending school fully equipped experience a huge boost in morale overall.
Homeless and foster children are then less self-conscious and can focus their energy on learning.
Just like many other organizations we have also received extreme budget cuts. We reach out to the community for the sake of our homeless and foster children in Salinas. Partners like you help us to make a difference in the lives of people in great need. For that and your heart, we are so very thankful.
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