We work to serve the 1000+ homeless children that currently reside in our valley.
A Testimonial from past guests in Family Promise Skagit:
Katie and Rob's story:
Family Promise came to our rescue right when we needed them most. We were staying in our car, homeless, trying to find shade, moving to different parking spots throughout the day to shield us from the summer sun. I was 6 months pregnant.
Being at Family Promise gave us a place to stay safe and stable during a difficult time in our lives. We were able to welcome our son Chace into the world without worrying about having our son live homeless in our car after he was born. He is 5 months old now and healthy as ever
Today as we move out of Family Promise, I think about all the milestones we reached and amazing memories made while in the program. My fiance Rob found his job doing roofing while in the program. My son Chace was born while in the program. We celebrated Chace’s first Christmas while in the program. We will be forever grateful for all the help we received from Family Promise during our stay. All the amazing volunteers and staff were always so kind and supportive during a very scary time in our lives and helped us find our way back on the right path.
How did Family Promise get started?
There are over 1000 homeless children (school age and younger) in Skagit Valley and that number is growing. A State Report from 2016, identifies 600+ homeless schoolchildren in Skagit County (an article from Skagit Valley Community Report (Spring 2016))
"Children deserve a safe, stable place to call home. Unfortunately, a recent Washington State report identified more than 600 schoolchildren who experience homelessness in Skagit County. The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released annual statistics on homeless schoolchildren across the state. The latest report identified more than 600 Skagit County schoolchildren and youth, age three through grade 12, who lack a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” While many of these families are “doubled-up,” sharing housing due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, others are living in shelters, motels, in cars, or on the streets. Estimates from Skagit County Public Health show that 3 percent of Skagit school-aged kids experienced homelessness during the last school year, consistent with the statewide average. Homeless students have to move often while their families look for shelter and employment. This high mobility affects academic progress, especially when students are forced to change schools multiple times within one year. Homeless children more likely to struggle in school According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, children experiencing homelessness are “nine times more likely to repeat a grade, four times more likely to drop out of school, and three times more likely to be placed in special education than their housed peers.” Sedro-Woolley McKinney-Vento Liaison Rinny Shelton, who has worked with homeless students for 17 years, told the County that housing instability contributes to student mobility and affects student learning. “It definitely impacts their learning because they’re not able to fully focus in class. If a student is in transition as far as housing goes, they don’t necessarily have a place to study or the resources to complete assignments, Shelton said. Shelton added that homelessness among schoolchildren also puts added pressure on the teachers and the district’s budget. Andy Wheeler, Director of Special Programs with La Conner School District, sees the same problems at his schools. “We’ve had kids whose parents lose their home because they can’t pay their rent or have some other trauma, and that destroys their whole sense of security,” he said. “If they get their feet pulled out from under them in terms of that security, then what we end up doing at the school is providing that type of security instead of being able to focus on the English or math or whatever else we’re doing.” Wheeler said this problem impacts all districts. According to OSPI, there are more than 1.2 million homeless youth nationwide. The number of homeless students identified in Washington has increased steadily in recent years, from 20,780 during the 2008-2009 school year to 35,511 during 2014- 2015, an increase of 71 percent."
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