What We Do
A Child's Place programs focus on supporting families with children in schools and neighborhoods left out of the economic prosperity of our city, often marked by segregation, poverty, and high rates of eviction and foreclosure. ACP deploys a team of specialists into schools and the community to work with the unique challenges of family homelessness. On-going case-management through individualized student plans aims to maintain attendance, healthy behaviors, and staying up-to-date on coursework.
Each unique service at ACP addresses complex challenges of homelessness to build a community where children have access to housing, engage in healthy supportive relationships, and succeed in school. ACP’s ongoing strategy is to create systemic change within Mecklenburg County by serving as a voice and advocate for homeless students.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
How We Are Impacted: 100% of the Children that ACP serves live under the federal poverty level. When CMS officials suspended school, we knew that the impact of this decision would have an exponential impact on the most vulnerable people in our community – homeless children and their families. ACP is currently serving over 600 children and their families – that’s over 2,000 people.
Financial Donation Requested:
Accommodations: How do the homeless families we serve shelter in place when they have no shelter? Help us convert an unoccupied & unfurnished "Cottage” on our campus into temporary housing for 4 of the highest-at-risk families. We will support other at-risk families with motel accommodations.
Food: While CMS is providing much appreciated free breakfast and lunch meals during the school closures, at risk kids still need dinner every night – and food on the weekends. Through our partnerships with food vendors and distributors, $150.00 worth of groceries will provide 3 meals a day, for one week for a family of 3. Our goal is to provide food subsidies to 100 families, with a commitment to raise $20,000.
Visit https://giving.thompsoncff.org/ to learn more and support our families with urgent food & housing needs.