Assisting Displaced Families

Families who are displaced face many complex challenges that may not be solved by any one community agency. But, they can be solved by a group of like-minded individuals, organizations, and the faith-based community coming together as one.

Some solutions to homelessness and displaced families include:

  • Financial literacy

  • Education

  • Affordable housing

  • Job readiness services

  • Access to supportive services to help people gain and maintain stability, such as transportation to assist with getting to health and mental health care services, work, and/or school, to further their education

  • Families with children who are displaced need affordable, quality daycare for children under school age, allowing parents to work, seek employment, attend school or other necessary training programs

Many families and children are not recognized as displaced because they typically are not seen on the streets. Most displaced families live a life as normal as possible living most times in one room with 5-7 family members.

One of the best things that you can do to assist displaced families would be to get educated and start to bring awareness to others about this growing population. Learn and share as much as you can about families being displaced, the many causes, their impact, and some possible solutions.

GET INVOLVED with your state and local governments— most control many of the laws and budgets that impact displaced families. By changing laws and policies, we can help end the growing trend of families being displaced and homelessness.

HELP LOCALLY:

Here are some practical ways you can donate and volunteer to help displaced families and children within your community:

  1. Donate time to your local shelter in your community. Many times organization don’t have the resources for paid staff. Volunteering your time will make a major impact. Find local shelters in your community. Contact them and ask how you can assist.

  2. Donate time to a local non-profit organization that assists non-residential families who have become displaced. There are so many ways that you can help. Maybe you could read a book with a child, become a family support, join a committee, cook a meal, or maybe administration is your specialty— there’s a place for you. Some organizations advocate for better legislation. Others provide families with support like food, clothing, legal advocacy, financial assistance, and housing. Volunteering is a great way to help your community and become connected.

  3. Hold a drive to collect, food, socks, undergarments, personal hygiene items, school supplies, and paper goods. These items can be very expensive for a family already displaced. It requires a lot of time and resources to find stable employment once they become displaced.

  4. Assist students in need of transportation to and from extra-curricular activities. Most kids can participate in sports and other extra curricular activities with the help of scholarships from the community, but not all will have transportation to get to and from activities.

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Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

~1st Corinthians 12:12 ~

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