Christmas of Hope Celebration
Our first Christmas party was held in a little community room for 13 homeless/low income children and their families in December of 2006. The Christmas of Hope Party is our biggest event for all of the homeless/low income children and their families that SFS helps. This event includes a full dinner with dessert, live entertainment, wrapped Christmas presents, a pair of new shoes, stuffed Christmas stockings, arts and crafts activities, Christmas Carol sing-a-long, a “boutique” for our guests to “shop” in and a visit from St Nicholas! This event is put on solely by private donations and volunteers. Please sponsor a child for this year's Christmas of Hope party today.
Volunteer Wrapping Party
Each year, on the eve of our Annual Christmas of Hope Celebration, we invite the community to come and help SFS to wrap hundreds of presents, stuff stockings, cook and organize food, and decorate the event space for our homeless and low income children and their families. It is a wonderful event that gives those in our community who are interested an opportunity to give to the neediest of our area. Children are welcome! We ask that each guest bring one roll of wrapping paper as a donation. Snacks and drinks provided.
Back to School Backpack Drive
When funds are available, SFS organizes a Back to School Backpack Drive to help homeless and low income have the needed supplies to start school. With our partnership with BLU School Supplies enables us to get fully loaded backpacks for students at a fraction of the cost. Your monthly commitment to SFS helps fund this event. Help us today by signing up as a monthly donator.
When funds are available, SFS organizes an Easter party for some of our SFS children. This event usually includes an Easter Egg Hunt, BBQ lunch, arts and crafts, games and activities and a nicely stuffed Easter basket per child. Your monthly commitment to SFS helps fund this event. Help us today by signing up as a monthly donator.
Halloween Candy Pledge
Each year, SFS collects donated Halloween candy from generous children to be used for our Annual Christmas of Hope Celebration. The candy goodie bags are used for the Christmas Stockings for the Homeless Program. Click here to print out our Halloween Candy Pledge and contact us to donate your candy.
In our experiences involving our street outreach program, the children (and adults) we meet and care for are in ‘survival mode.’ Survival mode is a state of mental and physical being where all actions and thoughts are concentrated entirely on surviving (i.e. staying safe, finding where next food will come from, protecting younger siblings, etc.) Survival mode is dangerous. If too much time passes, survival mode can be engraved into their way of living and lead them to believe that it is the only way to function in our world. if these children are presented with opportunities to let their guards down and exit survival mode, even for a short period of time, it can help break them free of the vicious poverty cycle they are trapped in. Survival mode is tiring, scary and troubling for an adult, let alone a child. SFS works with families and children who are in a constant state of survival. It is our goal to slowly introduce scenarios and opportunities for them to escape survival mode and concentrate on their positive mental and physical well being.Field trips are important because they present the opportunity for them to trust, to let go and to be free of those worries and concerns of survival mode. It is a slow process to regain (or in some cases establish) normal, healthy lives. It may seem like only a movie, only a theatre show, only an art class to us – but to them, it is a life changing opportunity to regain hope for themselves and to heal. Please consider donating today and help SFS put an end to survival mode.