Ideas for Helping Homeless Children

  • Assist in the difficult problem of transportation.
  • Sponsor summer camp scholarships.
  • Develop a referral piece that provides names and numbers of where to call for services and assistance (school, shelter, provider information).
  • Send school information (newsletters, etc.) to shelters so children can be fully involved in all available programs.
  • Establish a special fund for homeless students to have school pictures taken and birthday treats for classmates (without embarrassment).
  • Study and develop guidelines for the sensitive issue of abuse and how to handle communications with the abuser, both on the phone and in person at the school building.
  • Distribute information to fellow teachers and office staff, and provide in-service for school staff on the subject of homelessness, its causes and the effects on children.
  • Add the shelters as a home visit for pupil personnel workers.
  • Find a way to communicate and share successes.
  • Observe warning signs for possible homelessness (several school and address changes, lack of supplies, etc.)