Hope on the Homefront Program
Hope on the Homefront PSA (YouTube)
A Message from the Heart: Even in the best of times, raising a family is no easy task. Far too many families are struggling to keep up with the demands of society. When misfortune happens, the Hope on the Homefront Team is here to help.
Our Hope on the Homefront team builds bridges to connect families with needed resources and supportive services. We believe that a stable home life will help children achieve their academic and lifelong potential.
Our mission is to stabilize and strengthen families by providing basic resources, useful information and community connections. Lasting change comes from the positive relationships in our lives. We work diligently before, during and after school to weave the family connections that support and enhance individual growth.
Our vision is to develop a hand up culture rather than a hand out program. We believe we all have something to give and working together we can develop communities that strengthen families and offer hope for all children. If you have something to share, or if you think you could use our support —please contact us. Our team looks forward to working with you.
James Curb, Program Coordinator
Our Hope on the Homefront team and McKinney-Vento Homeless Program work to remove the barriers to education which students in precarious housing often face. This webpage is available to provide information for educators, parents, and students and assist in finding the help they need.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 states (paraphrased for understanding):
Students who are living in emergency, temporary and/or transitional housing situations have the right to the same public education (including preschool) that other children are provided.
State agencies are required to make it easier for students living in unstable housing situations to enroll in and benefit from school.
A student cannot be denied enrollment in school simply because he/she is living in emergency, temporary and/or transitional housing situations.
Students who are precariously housed will be given the same educational materials and services that other students receive.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 31% - Nearly one third of our students qualify for free & reduced lunch
- 400 - The number of packs filled with food and sent home each week with our students [CdA Backpack Program]
- 37% - Percentage of the North Idaho families who could be in crisis or poverty with just one emergency
- 512 - The number of students identified as living in insecure housing in 2023
HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS?
We measure our success by the success of our families in need. We are successful when:
- Families have their needs met
- Students can focus on learning
- We are developing a hand up [versus hand out] culture in our community
WHERE DO YOUR PASSIONS LIE?
There are many ways to give back to our students and our community! Ready to help out? Call our Home on the Homefront office now at (208) 664-8241.
Share Your Treasure
- Cash donations are welcome and deductible
- New clothes, underwear, socks, shoes, and school supplies are in great demand
- Drop items off at our school district office for distribution
Share your Time
- Call your neighborhood school and volunteer to be a reading buddy or playground mentor
Share your Talents
- Share your passions and hobbies before or after school at CDA4Kids or Club 2:40