Words That Should Not Hurt… Home run Homework Homemade Homebody Home alone There’s no place like home Home is where you hang your hat Home sweet home House sitter House hunting House plant House broken Home on the range Homeward bound Home-style Homesick
In the United States… <ul><li>Families with children are among the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. </li></ul>Source: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/education.pdf
In the United States… <ul><li>1.35 million children experience </li></ul><ul><li>homelessness in a year. </li></ul>Source: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/education.pdf
In the United States… <ul><li>Homeless children get sick twice as often as other children. </li></ul>Source: The National Center on Family Homelessness
Homelessness is Caused By… Not enough education Lack of job skills Lack of access to transportation Lack of affordable day care Sickness Domestic violence Poverty Lack of affordable housing Death of a family member Substance Abuse
Homelessness is Helped By… “ [SOS] helped me raise my kids better. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went though and I want people to know there is help out there. Thank you SOS for all that you’ve done.” SOS Consumer
SOS Community Services A lifeline for homeless families and their children
SOS is…Emergency Services Last year, SOS helped 6,691 people—including 2,097 children—with housing-related needs. SOS Housing Crisis Services
SOS is…Nourishment Last year, the SOS Emergency Food Pantry provided more than 34,800 meals to people in need. SOS Emergency Food Pantry
SOS is…A Roof Overhead Last year, SOS provided housing for 48 families, including 100 children. SOS Prospect Place Shelter and Transitional Housing Program
SOS is…A Place to Grow <ul><li>Our free daycare and after-school programs provide a stable, nurturing environment for children to develop social skills, academic skills and self-esteem. </li></ul>SOS Homeless Children’s Services
SOS is…A Place to Play <ul><li>Sunny Days Summer Activity Program provides homeless children, ages 6-12, with a structured, safe, supportive environment to learn and grow. </li></ul>SOS Sunny Days
SOS is…Great Volunteers “ Everybody can be great... Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
SOS is…Wonderful Donors “ I love helping out SOS because not only do they do many great things for the homeless people and families in the communities, but they are all truly wonderful people who really want to help others and are very appreciative of those who do help. ” --An SOS Donor
SOS is…You! <ul><li>Your contributions make a difference! </li></ul>Your time is priceless! Your advocacy is essential! Your compassion matters!
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