GiveBig 2019 is May 8! Donate to Interfaith!

Sheltering Families, Strengthening Community.

For Early Giving, Register Here: https://www.givebig2019.org/interfaith-family-shelter

You can become a part of the solution. Did you know Interfaith has the highest success rate of rehousing families in the County? 82% of our clients successfully complete their housing plans by obtaining permanent housing. When you choose to partner with Interfaith, you are choosing a better future for families, and a better future for Everett.

The Sheltering Families Fund creates the possibility for our programs to thrive. You can provide our families and clients with the opportunity to achieve permanent housing. This fund directly supports Shelter operations, children’s programs, and case management services.

The Family Shelter served 189 individuals last year, and we are on track to serve more this year. 116 of those individuals were children. The Learning Hour, the after-school homework tutoring program at the Shelter, had an increase in attendance above 500% over the last several months, thanks to donors like you!

Staff Submission:

Real Family: Two-parent family with four children, 2 boys ages (2 and 4), and 2 girls (ages 5 and 7). None of the children had been enrolled in any sort of school. The family is originally from the Marshall Islands. When the family first arrived at the shelter, they were very slow to integrate into the shelter population. They were at the shelter for a couple of weeks prior to me joining the staff as the Child and Family Advocate. My first day, my first family encounter, Jackie [case manager] took me to the family’s room to introduce me. Jackie briefed me that she was afraid they weren’t eating and keeping the children holed up in the room, day and night.

Upon meeting, it was clear the mother was just afraid for her children. In the past her children had been aggressive towards other children, they sometimes play loud. The youngest has a skin condition. Mom was afraid the other children would make fun of her children.

The school agers began coming to Learning Hour that evening. By the end of the week we had appointments for enrolling the oldest two at Garfield Elementary. A couple weeks later the 4 year old was enrolled in ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program).

Mom periodically sends me pictures of the kids and tells me how well they are doing. She reported to me that her Kindergartener always comes home to do her “Learning Hour”. Now that she is in stable housing, next fall she will need to enroll her children for school in the neighbor where they are living. I’m meeting with her next week to assist with that.

Not only is this family a children’s program success story, but the whole family is a success story. They went from hiding out in their room to being among the most helpful families in the shelter. Today, they are thriving independently in stable housing.

-Julie Brenaman, Child & Family Advocate

May 8, Give Here: https://www.givebig2019.org/interfaith-family-shelter