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Statewide Sleeping Bag Campaign for Homeless
Children across the First State of Delaware

Escrito el 10 sep 2009
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The economic downturn is having an overwhelming impact on families and children in Delaware. Last year in Delaware more than 2000 children were considered homeless or inadequately housed. Of those children, approximately 900 were in special education. The Clearinghouse Review March-April 2009 publication stresses that the pitfalls of being homeless are linked to anxiety and depression in nearly half of all homeless children. There are profound effects on their development and ability to learn. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness “homeless children are four times more likely to show delayed development and have twice the rate of learning disabilities compared to non-homeless children.” Research also indicates that children who move multiple times during a school year lose four to six months of learning and are much less likely to graduate from high school.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  The term

includes children and youth who are: 1) sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled-up); 2) living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; 3) living in emergency or transitional shelters; 4) abandoned in hospitals; or 5) awaiting, or in, foster care. (Delaware only) The definition also includes children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in the circumstances described above.

In a collaborative effort to give children who are homeless a warm sleeping bag that they can take with them wherever they go, a number of agencies are collaborating to launch a statewide Sleeping Bag Campaign. The goal is to collect new sleeping bags for children ages 3-21 who are homeless or inadequately housed. The campaign will last from September 15 through December 20, 2009. Those agencies include the following: the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, the Developmental Disabilities Council, the Council for Exceptional Children, The Shepherd Place homeless shelter, Kent County Tourism, the Department of Education, Caesar Rodney School District, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, Lake Forest School District, Food Bank of Delaware, and the Oral Health Coalition. These and other agencies will bring sleeping bags, oral hygiene products and books to homeless children across Delaware by the end of the year. Other individuals and groups, such as the Delaware PTA, Legislative Kids Caucus, Broadkill Martial Arts Academy, Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Salesianum School, Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington and the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation are spreading the word to their membership or providing drop off locations for the bags until they are distributed in December.

The supporting agencies will host an official Sleeping Bag Kick Off and Press Conference on September 15, at 1:30 P. M. at Legislative Hall ( House Hearing Room, 2nd Floor) in Dover, DE. A photo ID is required to enter Legislative Hall. If you would like to donate a sleeping bag at this time, donations will be accepted.

McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons in each school district will be asked to assist in delivering the sleeping bags to the children in their districts. Each school district and charter school has a homeless liaison whose job is to identify students who are homeless and determine the supports and assistance needed to help them be successful.  These liaisons provide school supplies and materials when needed to ensure there is no interruption to the education of these students.  The materials collected during this drive will greatly assist to meet the needs of the individual students.

New sleeping bags can be donated and dropped off at the following locations:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Tender Loving Care Childcare & Learning Center

649 S. Carter Rd.

Smyrna

Monday - Friday

6:30am – 6:00pm

Julie Johnson

Quentin Johnson

Tender Loving Care Childcare & Learning Center

400 N. Rammuno Dr.

Newark

Monday - Friday

6:30am – 6:00pm

Julie Johnson

Quentin Johnson

Tender Loving Care Childcare & Learning Center

22 Peoples Plaza

Newark

Monday - Friday

6:30am – 6:00pm

Julie Johnson

Quentin Johnson

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

345 Bear Christiana Rd.

Bear

M – F: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday: 8:00am – Noon

Father Roger DuBuo

Food Bank of Delaware

14 Garfield Way

Newark

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 4:00pm

Charlotte McGarry

Eden Support Services Center/Christiana School District

925 Bear-Corbitt Rd.

Bear

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 3:30pm

Lavina Smith

Drew Education Support Building/Christiana School District

600 N. Lombard St.

Wilmington

Monday – Friday

8:00am – 4:00pm

Lavina Smith

KENT COUNTY

Margaret O’Neill Building,

2nd Floor

(State Office Building)

410 Federal St., Suite 2

Dover

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 4:30pm

Any of the DDC Staff

Home for the Holidays Event /

Downtown Dover Partnership

Corner of Loockerman St. and Bradford St. , Dover

Saturday, Dec. 5th only

1:00pm – 3:00pm


WSFS Bank


4566 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden

WEST DOVER

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Adrienne Hawes


WSFS Bank


286 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover

DOVER MART


Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Lauren Garcia

WSFS Bank

1486 Forrest Ave., Dover

WEST DOVER

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Diane Simone

WSFS Bank

400 Jimmy Drive,

Smyrna

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Tim Sparrow

SUSSEX COUNTY

Food Bank of Delaware

1040 Mattlind Way

Milford

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 4:00pm


YWCA Delaware

20155 Office Circle, Unit 1

Georgetown

Call for donation hours.


Sarah Wyshock-Wolfe

302.253.0684

WSFS Bank

34383 Carpenters Way,

Lewes

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Tyrone Gray

WSFS Bank


25926 Plaza Drive, Millsboro

LONG NECK

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Lisa Connor

WSFS Bank


26644 Center View Drive, Millsboro

MILLSBORO

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Kris Adams

WSFS Bank


69 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View

OCEAN VIEW

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Gary Jones

WSFS Bank


19335 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH

Bank hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 6

F: 9 to 7

S: 9 to 3

Lauren Kubler

WSFS Bank

38394 Dupont Blvd., Unit 2, Selbyville

SELBYVILLE

Mon – Thurs: 9 to 5

F: 9 to 6

S: 9 to 1

Linda Swift


GACEC

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