Reducing Homelessness for GPISD Families
Join us April 23rd at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie for the Run For Shelter 5K. We joined Grand Prairie Get Fit last year to help end this tragedy of homeless children in Grand Prairie.
This is our second year FUMCGP is partnering with Grand Prairie’s Get Fit GP initiative!
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Faced alone, homelessness overwhelms families, communities, and our nation but you can make a difference by giving back. We want to tell you about Ariel and Bianca. These two beautiful girls are in 4th and 5th grade at a GPISD elementary school. Ariel loves to paint and Bianca plays soccer. When their dad got into a job-related car accident earlier this year, they had no idea that meant they’d soon find themselves homeless. After weeks without work, their dad lost his job. In turn, the girls lost their home, their neighborhood friends, their stability.
Both girls struggled with imminent homelessness in different ways; Ariel isolated herself from her peers and showed signs of depression. Bianca reacted with outbursts of anger and behavior problems at school. The sisters were forced to drop their extracurricular activities. They had to join the reduced lunch program and take extra food home from school on the weekends so they would be able to eat. Additionally, they each experienced a drop in grades and difficulties sleeping. Can you blame them?
Lifeline provided their family with financial assistance to move into an apartment, and budgeting guidance, job training, and other benefits to help them keep it. The girls were so excited to have a safe, warm, and stable home again. After three months of intensive work in the program, Ariel and Bianca’s family began to look like it used to- mom and dad had jobs again, bills were paid, stresses were diminished.
They are now both on the A-B honor roll and enjoying regular participation in their favorite activities again. Once the family re-stabilized, they were even able to donate back to Lifeline this year.
Successes happen every day at Lifeline Shelter for Families. But not without your support.
Help other children like Ariel and Bianca come home for the holidays. Give Today!