Rehousing Youth for Success in Education

Every day in the Roanoke Valley, more than 600 students leave school unsure of where they’ll lay their head that night. While some help is available for families in need, RYSE targets the 80% of homeless children who are not eligible for government-funded homelessness intervention programs.

Homelessness has broad implications for the success of our local youth. Inconsistent attendance can lead to gaps in learning, leading to frustration and abandonment of their education. Lack of resources for nourishment, hygiene, and mental health can lead to more severe medical challenges. RYSE and their community partners work together to provide the resources necessary to eliminate these pain points and set students up for success.

Case managers work to secure services related to the family’s underlying challenges in the areas of academic support, employment, health and wellness, adult education, income stability, food assistance and other crisis interventions.

HOMELESSNESS HAS BROAD IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS:

  • Inconsistent attendance leads to gaps in learning, causing the student to remain in a frustrating and demoralizing state of enrichment
  • Unmet medical, dental and mental health challenges emerge as students face chronic hunger, fatigue, poor hygiene, vulnerability to illness and feelings of shame and depression
  • Student’s ability to be prepared for school is severely impaired by the absence of privacy and personal space, homework is often incomplete and necessary school supplies are not readily available
  • Social and behavioral concerns commonly arise as students become wary of developing close relationships with peers and teachers and often view poor behavior as a diversionary tactic

United Way is committed to change these conditions by leading a comprehensive approach to homelessness affecting children in our region. The Rehousing Youth for Success in Education (RYSE) initiative brings together the resources and the expertise needed for real progress.

Through partnership with Roanoke City Public Schools and many local service providers, RYSE provides housing and life stabilizing support services for families with school-aged children who face homelessness. Case managers work to secure services related to the family’s underlying challenges in the areas of academic support, employment, health/wellness, adult education, income stability, food assistance and other crisis interventions.

RYSE targets the 80% of homeless children who are not eligible for government-funded homelessness intervention programs. There are approximately 230 families in the Roanoke Valley who could benefit from the RYSE program.

 

You can help:

Be a champion for our homeless children in the Roanoke Valley. If you are able to, sponsor a family by providing for their housing and other critical support. Gather your friends, coworkers or faith community to team together to support a family. Click here to give online or contact Katie Kennedy at 540-777-4210, katie@uwrv.org.

This program is being implemented with the generous support of Islamic Relief USA, Junior League of Roanoke Valley, and the Edgar A. Thurman Charitable Foundation.

 

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