“Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness – One Family at a Time”
Positive Tomorrows is an education and family support center for homeless and low-income children and their families. We offer regular school classes for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Classes are designed to facilitate individual learning styles and skills-level in order to help each student reach their age-appropriate grade level in basic skills after being at Positive Tomorrows for one year.
During our 17 years of experience working with homeless children and families, we are aware that helping only the children is not enough. As a result, we have developed a parent education program that enables parents of the children enrolled at Positive Tomorrows to raise their basic skills levels to a place where they are able to function adequately in everyday life. We enroll the whole family in our wrap-around service model – children in the school, parents in the Parent Education Center and intensive case management services.
At enrollment, each family sets goals for Education, Employment, Housing, Health and Mental Health and Life Skills. Case managers monitor the progress in each of these areas to help the family be successful in meeting their goals. Parents attend Life Skills classes at Positive Tomorrows, which include such practical skills as opening and maintaining a checking account, reading and understanding rental contracts, using coupons at the grocery, reading to your child and helping with homework. Parents volunteer a minimum of one hour each month in a classroom at Positive Tomorrows to become comfortable in working in a school setting so that when their child transitions to a public school, the parent feels comfortable becoming increasingly involved in the child’s education process.
Positive Tomorrows’ services are geared to offer hope to the children of homeless and at-risk children. There is never a charge for our services.
To learn more, visit Positive Tomorrows at www.positivetomorrows.com.