To decrease the number of homeless, indigent and hungry children in Florence School District One by providing financial aid to families for household bills or hotel/restaurant vouchers in emergency situations.
SNAC is a non-profit organization with the desire to improve the conditions for homeless children and their families within Florence School District One. Children and families will be empowered to become independent and productive citizens as they overcome their obstacles. Community referral resources such a faith-based programs, counseling services, financial education classes and job assistance will be offered.
Florence School District One principals, guidance counselors and teachers will identify at-risk families that could benefit from SNAC.
FSD1 will give a SNAC “request for assistance” sheet to the families in need.
The families will go to the SNAC location office at 825 W. Evans St.
A needs assessment will be conducted by a SNAC volunteer counselor.
SNAC Board of Directors will quickly determine the family’s best means of assistance. A referral from FSD1 does not guarantee assistance.
Assistance includes bill pay to prevent homelessness, hotel vouchers for extended stay, and restaurant vouchers for dinner meals.
Each family situation will be different.
Limits will be set and records will be kept.
The SNAC Credit Program will allow for personal growth and enrichment through various local programs already established.
Fact Many children in FSD1 are faced with more problems than studying for a test and getting a good report card.
Children in our neighborhood are:
Fact Three out of four families are living paycheck to paycheck with no significant savings to offset an unexpected emergency.
Fact Homeless children are sick four times more often, twice as likely to repeat a grade, experience emotional and behavioral problems and fall two to three grade levels behind.
Fact 50% of homeless children are below the age of 6.
Fact The high school graduation rate for homeless children is less than 25%.
Fact Chronic stress and trauma are common among homeless children because of inconsistent relationships, frequent moves, lack of places to play and witnessing domestic violence and substance abuse.
Fact South Carolina ranks 39th in the nation in child homelessness.
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