Homeless Education Program Sponsor a Family Program
The holiday season is in full swing at the LAUSD's Homeless Education Program (HEP). Our Sponsor a Family Program has kicked off and has been a huge success this year. Working in partnership with LAUSD staff, community members and various organizations across the city, we will be sponsoring approximately 300 LAUSD families this year, which is an increase by 50 families from the 2016-17 school year. The HEP office has become a holiday workshop filled with gifts and surprises for our students and families experiencing homelessness. This year we have seen an increase in new community members and organizations reaching out to participate as sponsors.
A testament of the compassion and dedication to our students continues to come from LAUSD employees across the various departments. Teams of LAUSD employees, such as Maintenance & Operations, the Information Technology Division, Human Resources and Personnel Commission have consistently participated as sponsors and have been such an exceptional source of support for our students and families. The stories of our families this year has been especially difficult, from families fleeing from violence in Central America, increasing numbers of unaccompanied youth with unstable housing to families becoming homeless because of the deportation of a parent or the recent wildfires.
Lastly, referring schools have been a great help with picking up and delivering holiday gifts to families across the District. The Sponsor a Family Program has always been one of our favorite projects that allow everyone to generously participate and make the holidays magnificent for our students and families. All sponsors receive a heartfelt thank you card from participating students and families as an expression of their appreciation and gratitude. Giving to others has never been so sweet! To learn about the Homeless Education Program or to donate, please contact Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program at (213) 202-7581.
To learn about the Homeless Education Program or to donate, please contact Pupil Services, Homeless Education Program at (213) 202-7581.
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