What Can I Do?

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JUNE, 2016

Homelessness seems like a problem too large to fix – the number of individuals and families homeless in the Greater Savannah area seems overwhelming. Time and again, we hear people say “What can just one person do to help?”

There are lots of ways people can help prevent and end homeless in our community – helping a homeless child stay in school and putting them on the path to success is a powerful message of hope and support.

Back to school shopping is just around the corner. Soon it will be time for new shoes, new backpacks, pencils, and notebooks. We hope that as you shop, you’ll think about the more than one thousand homeless children in the greater Savannah area and add an extra backpack or notebook or pack of pencils to your list. Your support can make a difference in the lives of children and make this school year one that can change their life.

Homelessness is hard enough for adults, but for children it can be life changing. Children without a stable home can suffer from anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral trauma that severely impact their development. Homeless children are twice as likely to have learning disabilities and have a higher drop out rate, leaving them without the skills they need to disrupt the cycle of poverty and leave homelessness behind for good.

Your support can help a homeless child start the school year off right.

School can be a haven for homeless children, offering stability and safety. Setting homeless children up for a successful school year can increase their chances of staying in school and helping to ensure a brighter future. The simple but meaningful gesture of school supplies can make a difference in the life of a homeless child.

Please consider lending a helping hand. Donations of new school supplies and new or gently-used school uniforms can be brought to Union Mission at 120 Fahm Street. Donations will be accepted until July 18, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year.

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