Mission: The Homeless Families Foundation educates and nurtures children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self sufficiency.
Results: In 2019, The Homeless Families Foundation assisted nearly 1,300 children and over 500 families.
86% of the families assisted had positive outcomes.
96 children were enrolled in the HFF Dowd Education Center Afterschool and Summer Programs.
130 children and families were served by the SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) program.
Target demographics: The Homeless Families Foundation educates and nurtures children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019, The Homeless Families Foundation assisted nearly 1,300 children and over 500 families.
Geographic areas served: Columbus, Ohio
Programs: Housing programs work directly with families, pregnant women and transitional age youth with children to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and assist in their efforts to overcome their challenges and become self-sufficient. The HFF Dowd Education Center provides STEM-focused academic programming for students in grades K-8 afterschool and during summer camp, both of which include hot, homemade meals. The HFF SPARK program provides a home visit based kindergarten readiness program that helps parents learn to be their child's first teacher.
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I work as a development director at this organization. When I hear or see that a head of household has been employed, the children are able to attend the Dowd Education Center, and the family moves to independence it is like watching a child take their first steps. It is a thrill each and every time. I especially enjoy sharing the news of what we are doing with committed donors and prospects.
I came to The Homeless Families Foundation a little over a year ago after working with a Boys & Girls Club. I wanted the opportunity to continue to work with children afterschool and in the summer. Since coming here I have been amazed at the academic standards the HFF Dowd Education Center provides for these innocent victims of homelessness. The meals, classwork and enrichment activities are provided in a safe and caring environment where everyone is encouraged to do their best. Seeing these children grow has been very rewarding for me.