Helping Homeless Families

“Look the zipper works!” cried Ashley as she ran around the room giggling, and showing off her new pink winter jacket. This is “my very first and my very best coat.” What Ashley meant was this is the first time she had received a coat that wasn’t a hand me down. And the first time she was in possession of a garment with a functioning zipper. Ashley loves school, but her attendance was sporadic because she didn’t have a warm sweater or jacket. Her family had arrived at a nearby homeless shelter with only the clothes on their backs.

In addition to the 500 hundred families that Children of the City serves annually in Brooklyn, we have taken on the challenge of an additional 10% of clients from the homeless shelters in Sunset Park. Children of the City is the first of the local agencies to step up to the plate, and offer consistent and continuous help for the local shelter families. Our monthly “Super Saturday” program has provided an easy access outreach where parents can come for workshops, practical advice, and the bare necessities including diapers and emergency food.

“This is a wonderful organization that is really involved in the community”, commented Thomas Colella a Guidance Counselor at PS 24. “They are present inthe community, and listen to the needs of the people who live here. They are tirelessly looking for ways to get people connected. They are passionate and resourceful. They are giving these kids the chance to experience being a kid. It gives them hope.” Through the generosity of our donors, Children of the City was able to provide a brand new winter coat, hat, scarf, socks, shoes, and boots to every shelter child that came through our doors this past winter. Children of the City has now been galvanizing sponsors who are helping to support our shelter families with afterschool sponsorship, emergency food, as well as school clothes and supplies.