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Homeless Families Face Back-to-School Challenges

For families experiencing homelessness, the rush of back-to-school shopping, attending school meetings, and trying to complete homework again can be overwhelming.
The start of the school year is an exciting time signaling cooler weather, new beginnings, and a return to routine for most Rhode Island families.

But for families experiencing homelessness, the rush of back-to-school shopping, attending school meetings, and trying to complete homework again can be overwhelming.

According to a recent story reported by CNBC, parents can expect to spend about $659 for back-to-school supplies for children in elementary school; $957 for middle schoolers; and $1,498 for high schoolers.

For families experiencing homelessness, these prices are impossible to pay.

Luckily, Crossroads has the support of our community to help us supply the hundreds of children in our emergency shelters and housing units with the tools they will need to succeed in school.

In addition to generous donations from supporters like you, Crossroads was one of the recipients of donated backpacks and school supplies from the Rhode Island State Police and their corporate partners as part of their annual Kids, Cops, and Classrooms event. Each year, state police officers collect donations of school supplies and distribute them to children in the community through Crossroads and other organizations that serve needy children.

To help us ease the burden of back-to-school costs on the families we serve, please consider making a donation today!


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