New shelter serving homeless students in three districts
West Linn resident Rose Money saw a need and acted on it.
For the past five years she has been the director of the Caring Closet at Tigard-Tualatin School District, a program that provides clothes, shoes, hygiene products and emergency bedding for students. Fifteen percent of TTSD's student population is clothed through the Caring Closet, and Money knew that was just the tip of the iceberg of need. She acknowledges that homelessness is on the rise in the Portland metro area.
In 2017, the homeless count in Clackamas County had reached 2,400, causing officials to declare a state of emergency on homelessness. In TTSD, Lake Oswego School District and Sherwood School District 236 homeless students have been identified this year; 26 of those students and their families call Lake Oswego home.
From her work with the Caring Closet, Money has been inspired to take action. Through her leadership, Family Promise of Tualatin Valley (FPTV) opened its doors this month to serve the needs of homeless students attending Lake Oswego, Sherwood and Tigard-Tualatin schools.
Family Promise is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Money says FPTV works from the premise that if students can stay with their family, keep attending their school and maintain their routine in their own community, they and their families will succeed. Though affiliated with the national program, FPTV receives its funding strictly from local donations, grants and volunteer support. During the past two and a half years Money and other volunteers have renovated a home at 20425 SW Stafford Road in Tualatin, and developed partnerships with churches and civic organizations to host families with safe sleeping space, meals and access to resources for their path to sustainable housing.
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