Homelessness and the impact it has…
In fact, 41% of the homeless population is comprised of families. Research demonstrates that families with a history of repeated or extended shelter use are at higher risk for child welfare involvement compared to other families with similar characteristics. Children from these families are more likely to be separated from their parents and entered into the child welfare system. Such children often go on to lead deeply troubled lives. They are at higher risk for impaired neurodevelopment, psychiatric problems, abuse, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, suicide, and early death. Click here to learn more about the impact of homelessness on families.
Keep families together…
For those living in poverty or close to the poverty line, an “everyday” life issue that may be manageable for individuals with a higher income can be the final factor in placing them on the street.
• A bad cold requiring a trip to the doctor
• A sick day off from work
• A broken down vehicle
• A medical emergency
Any of these might be just enough to render someone homeless! Calvert Family Advocates recognizes that we can’t stop these everyday life issues from happening, but with well-planned programs and your donations, we can keep families from spiraling into homelessness.
Hand-up not handouts…
Calvert Family Advocates’ programs are designed to help people “get ahead”…not get a handout. Being self-sufficient is their goal. Helping them get there is our mission!
Break the cycle of defeat…
Accessing the necessary public and private resources to establish career goals, receive training and secure employment is normal for most people. For people who are struggling, Calvert Family Advocates’ programs provide the extra support needed – building a bridge to independence!