As we walk around the streets of our cities, we see some of obvious effects of homelessness. Yet homeless families with young children are often invisible. Were you aware that:
- approximately one of every 26 Whatcom County children experienced homelessness for all or part of the 2015-2016 school year
- this is an increase from one in 32 during the previous year
Homeless families are sleeping in cars, out in the woods, or on the floors of friends, facing fears about how to keep their children safe and well fed.
Family Promise of Whatcom County is a nonprofit program committed to helping children and their families affected by this heartbreaking problem. In conjunction with Interfaith Coalition, Family Promise of Whatcom County is an affiliate of the Family Promise national organization with programs in more than 200 communities throughout the United States. Family Promise shelters homeless children and their parents in local congregations where they receive overnight accommodations, meals, and fellowship from congregation members and volunteers. During the day, families go to a day center and work with Family Promise case managers who will provide comprehensive support services. Transportation from congregations, to school, and to the Day Center is provided by a Family Promise van for families without their own car.
When parents receive help to meet their basic needs and are given the opportunity to create a plan to get back on their feet, they can begin to realize their dreams of providing a better life for their children. We can all work together to improve the lives of future generations, and in so doing, change our community for the better.