After School Programs: A Necessity for Homeless Students

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez, President, Institute of Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, recently wrote a post for the Huffington Post Impact Blog about what’s working in our country’s struggle to assist and empower homeless families.  His post is titled The Cost of Not Investing in After-School Programs for Homeless Students.
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Our after school and summer programming for children are integral to our transitional housing program at St. Lawrence Place.  We serve nearly forty homeless children ages 5-11 in our after school and summer programs yearly.  And a portion of those children are living at The Family Shelter, the emergency shelter for families down the street from SLP.

These children need homework help and tutoring and mentorship from adults who are caring and experienced in working with students who are homeless.

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The consistency , safety, and education our after school program provides is invaluable to a homeless student.  We are proud to be offering what is considered a best-practice in working with homeless families and children.  Thanks to all donors, supporters, staff, and volunteers who make our program possible.