A study from the Harvard Journal of Legislation noted that up to 49% of students' academic success hinger on home and family factors, outpacing such factors as teacher qualifications and class size. Children's success depends on the ability of their parents to provide a safe, stable and nurturing home environment. However, low-income familes often face tremendous barriers to stability and self-sufficiency. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, about 85% of low-income children have parents who work, and most have at least one parent working full-time, year round. However, due to low education levels, many parents are still unable to afford basic necessities including food and shelter, leading to parental stress and anxiety.
Through a network of community partnerships and help from community members, our Family Support Services seek to support and sustain families as they make their journey towards self-sufficiency through: • Integrated social work services, including individual, family, and group counseling and parent support groups. • GED, ESL, and computer literacy classes. • Food pantry services offering a wide variety of nutritious and culturally competent foods. • Financial assistance to prevent major crises such as eviction. • Holiday food and gifts to ensure that every family is able to celebrate the holiday season.
• Over 1,800 children and adults received food from Christopher House's four pantries last year • Nearly 700 children and adults received clothing or household goods last year • 83% of parents participating in parent workshops or support groups increased their knowledge of child development or parenting
Family Support Services are part of our continuum of care for children and families enrolled in Christopher House's Early Childhood Development Services and/or Youth Development programs. E-mail us at infochristopherhouse.org for more information about enrolling your child in one of our programs.
“Whenever we needed help, they opened the door. Now I want to work hard on my job training program and give back to Christopher House someday. I see the future for myself and my daughters, and it's big and bright!"- Christopher House parent
“Whenever we needed help, they opened the door. Now I want to work hard on my job training program and give back to Christopher House someday. I see the future for myself and my daughters, and it’s big and bright!”
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