Your school can be homeful.
Students, parents, teachers, principals, librarians... There are so many ways for each and every member of your school to get involved, and help a family in your community avoid homelessness.
The be homeful project gives, kids, families, and communities tools to learn about how homelessness affects local families and take action to help. We know that every school community is different, which is why we offer a range of tools that your community can use:
Lesson plans offer teachers age-appropriate tools for leading a class discussion about homelessness and engaging kids in building the social safety net for local children.
Storytime guides give school librarians tools for engaging kids through a shorter version of the lesson plans.
Kids complete their learning by holding “marmalade drive” to raise money for the be homeful funds, which provide much-needed emergency assistand that frontline workers can access to divert families from shelter. To date, kids, families, and communities who have held drives have played a key role in helping Connecticut prevent 800 local children from having to enter the shelter system. Remarkably, it only costs $1,000 on average to prevent a family from becoming homeless in the first place. Evidence shows that the single greatest predictor of whether a person will be homeless as an adult is if they experience homelessness as a child because entering shelter normalizes the experience. Together, we can cut off the cycle of homelessness for families in our communities.
Learn more below and register your school for more information and materials today!