Research shows that students who frequently change schools tend to have lower scores on standardized reading and math tests and higher dropout rates than students who aren’t moving as often. By working to increase home stability, we are also helping escalate academic success of local students.
When families experience financial hardships they may have to move out of their home and into a new place. For some families this could happen many times in their life. Not only does the family’s home change, but the child’s school or even school district changes.
Valley of the Sun United Way partners with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability to improve long-term housing, preventing unplanned moves out of a child’s home school, and increase economic stability for families at-risk of homelessness.
To do this, local school districts work with United Way and partners to set up a case manager for struggling families at the school and they work with each person in the family individually to encourage stability throughout the home. Case workers receive financial coach training from United Way so they can create a customized plan for financial stability, budgets, and goals with the parents or other adults in the family.
This couldn’t happen without bringing schools, families, partners, and donors all together. No other organization brings together as many people to fight poverty in as many ways. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we are working with families to help children stay in school and thrive, fighting to break the cycle of poverty.