The Need Grows
According to a report at CBS Local, Denver Public Schools has around 2,000 homeless students this year, which translates to about one homeless child in every classroom. That number marks a 30 percent increase for the current school year alone – an alarming statistic that has left homeless shelters filled to capacity and required some families to live out of their cars because there is no more room for them at city shelters. Filling the needs of these families is no easy task, but the Education Outreach Program through Denver Public Schools has been doing its best to help those struggling families find relief.
- Assistance with school enrollment and advocacy for students
- Free breakfasts and lunches at the schools for qualifying students
- School supplies and backpacks for students in need
- Transportation help to get students to and from school
- Assistance with clothing or the purchase of school uniforms
- Resources to help families find emergency housing options
Children cannot learn effectively when they do not have enough food or a permanent place to sleep. The Educational Outreach Program recognizes that truth and does everything they can to reverse the poverty cycle in their own Denver community. Thanks to this program, many homeless families in Colorado are getting the supplies they need to survive until they can get back on their feet again.