Why reading to homeless kids is a Must Do

Only 1/3rd of Homeless Children read at their grade level. – I meet with their parents every day – Reading is a skill easily lost in the family and needed for financial success

  • “Who is homeless: The National Center on Family Homelessness released a report that estimates one in every 50 American children was homeless between 2005 and 2006. That’s roughly 1.5 million kids.

    Families now make up nearly 40 percent of the country’s homeless population. On any given day, at least 800,000 Americans, including about 200,000 children, find themselves without a home. Many of these families and children have experienced trauma prior to becoming homeless. Homelessness can exacerbate the consequences of trauma or retraumatize a child, resulting in a cycle that is tragically damaging to both individuals and communities.

    Some facts about Homelessness:

    • The typical homeless family is headed by a single mother, usually in her late 20s. She has with her two or three young children, typically preschoolers.

    • Homelessness affects people of all geographic areas, ages, occupations, and ethnicities but occurs disproportionately among people of color.

    • More than 90 percent of sheltered and low-income mothers have experienced physical and sexual assault over their lifespan. Families with children comprise roughly one-third of the nation’s homeless population.”

    @CarpentrShelter: Video about the importance of reading for homeless children plus startling statistics about homelessness:… http://fb.me/Nf5Z5VDr

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