On September 24, 2013, the state of South Dakota conducted a one-day homeless survey. During that one fall day, 618 people were identified as being completely homeless…including 218 children. In addition, our Sioux Falls School District reports that as of May 2013, 49.1% of its students were enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program. This represents just a small number of the working poor in the Sioux Empire.
When we can keep families together and in a stable housing situation, we can keep children with their friends in the same school. We can save families hundreds of dollars in moving and deposit expenses and prevent the stresses and employment problems that come from constantly moving.
Similarly, the 211 HelpLine in Sioux Falls reports that year after year transportation is the biggest unmet need in the Sioux Empire. Many people are having problems getting to interviews for employment, getting to and from work when employed, or getting to medical appointments. We will offer assistance in this area by providing over 600 Thirty-Day Bus Passes and by assisting with repairs of vehicles for more than 30 families who depend on them to get to and from work.
In recognition of these needs, we are impacting lives in more than 5,000 family units each year. Our focus is on housing, utilities, work-related transportation, information, referral, and mentoring. Our mission is to come along side everyone to “share hope and provide tools for daily living.”
Thank you for partnering with us to help neighbors who are struggling to meet these most basic needs!