Family Promise of Lincoln County will be hosting a Call to Action II, on Thursday, November 21, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Taft 7-12 Commons. The purpose is to reconnect with the community as a whole, provide an update of the progress to date, and to share their needs as they continue to move forward.
In the past year and a half Family Promise of Lincoln County has continued to move forward in building the foundation that will help serve the needs of local homeless children and parents. Since their first Call to Action in April of 2012 the number of homeless children in Lincoln County has continued to rise at a significant rate. Last year over 10 percent of students in the Lincoln County School District experienced homelessness.
Homeless children have enormous obstacles in getting their education. “Within a year, 41% of homeless children will attend two different schools; 28% will attend three different schools. With each change in schools, a student is set back academically by an average of 4-6 months” [Source: Bowman, National Center for Homeless Education]. And 21% of homeless children repeat a grade because of attendance issues. Not having shelter increases the obstacles to children’s education because their daily life is so unstable, trying to find a place to sleep each night.
Come to the Call to Action II and hear brief presentations from Family Promise’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Staff, and Committed Partners on Thursday, November 21, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Taft 7-12 located at 3780 Spyglass Ridge Drive, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Hear about the strides made to date, what is still needed, find new opportunities you can be part of giving support and peace to families in crisis, help children stay in school, and help build a stronger community.