Two Family House Partnerships Highlight Back to School Efforts to Benefit Families and Children in Need
(Toledo, OH) — Reneé Palacios, Executive Director, Family House Toledo, announced today that the shelter is partnering with Fifth-Third Bank and Co-Mission Toledo on two separate events to help ready families and children at Family House for the start of the upcoming school year.
Family House is a non-profit agency dedicated to keeping families together in time of crisis. Since 1985 they have offered emergency assistance to those in need of shelter, meals, or other services. Family House serves an estimated 650 individuals — 60 percent are children. Family House offers Basic Needs Program; Family Programming; Health Education Program; Children’s Education Needs; as well as Housing Placement & After-Care. Family House admits residents 24 hours a day, whether in an emergency situation – women experiencing domestic abuse; flood, fire, or tornado victims – or victims of unemployment or financial burden. Family House Toledo serves over 35,000 meals per year.
Ms. Palacios says that now through Friday August 12, the Fifth-Third employees are collecting unique school supplies for Family House children at the bank’s One Seagate location in Downtown Toledo.
“These are the non-traditional items that are included in supply lists such as: index cards, antibacterial wipes, ziplock bags, and more. They are also collecting underwear for the kids. It seems the school supply lists get a bit longer each year, and non-traditional items such as ziplock bags and paper towels are included,” Ms. Palacios said. “Family House accepts clothing donation from our community, however we cannot accept used undergarments. Our hope is to provide not only the uniforms that kids need to go back to school, but a few pair of new underwear as well.”
Ms. Palacios says on Monday, August 15, the collected supplies will be dropped off at Family House.
On Tuesday, August 16, from 4 – 8 p.m., Family House will partner with Co-Mission Toledo to host a “Back 2 School” Bash at the shelter at 669 Indiana Ave. in Toledo.
“We are celebrating the great new start to the upcoming school year. We will have a family-fun event with inflatables, yard games, music, corn hole, refreshment, as well as offering haircuts and collecting more school supplies,” said Ms. Palacios.
The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s rare that shelters take-in the entire family. Family House – Toledo is one of the few in the state that offers this service. We keep families together in the most desperate of times. The average age of a homeless child is four years old,” she said. “We thank both Fifth-Third Bank and Co-Mission Toledo for their efforts to partner with Family House to help with back-to-school efforts as well as support the emergency shelter service and life changing programming we offer to families and children.”
Donations are tax-deductible and Family House is an A-Plus rated charity by the BBB.
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August 09, 2016 at 03:38PM