Since 1888, Five Acres' has had one mission: to ensure all children have a safe, loving and permanent family. Yet there are thousands of homeless children in L.A today—many of them current or former foster youth.
This Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise $20,000 to for Five Acres' Homelessness Initiative: a radical new program aimed at PREVENTING children and their families from becoming homeless.
Your gift of $25, $100, $500, $1000 or more will directly support at-risk families and keep the homelessness crisis from worsening.
Your donation will directly provide:
• Housing stipends to cover the costs of security deposits, rent, utilities and more for up to 40 families struggling to make ends meet
• Repairs for homes that are currently unsafe for children to live in
• Stable housing while kids and their families receive ongoing therapeutic services from Five Acres to help them stay strong and remain together
You have the power to keep children where they belong: off the streets and in the arms of loving families. Join us this Giving Tuesday to change lives for the better.
BONUS: Cathay Bank has promised a gift of $10,000 to incentivize our donors! Give and see your gift doubled!
In 2018, Five Acres launched a pilot run of our Homelessness Initiative with a family on the verge on homelessness.
Our first family included Maria Rodriguez *, an 11-year-old who first came into our care two years ago to be treated for depression due to her father leaving the family. Her mother Annette* (who has two other children ages 4 and 7) was struggling to find stable housing—and when her employer, from whom she was renting a room, told her she was moving and could no longer offer the room, the Rodriguez family was left with no options, no savings and nowhere to turn.
Five Acres' Homelessness Initiative was able to help. We were able to cover a security deposit to allow Annette to take over the lease from her employer—a simple thing, but one that can be a huge barrier to stable housing.
Now, for the first time in three years, the entire family is living in a home they can call their own—and Maria's depression has improved so much that she no longer is in need of ongoing therapy. The Rodriguez family is finally in place where they feel stable, safe and healthy!
There are more families that need our help. Children in these situations often wind up on the streets or in the foster system, separated from their families. Help us keep families together!
*Names changed to protect the privacy of our clients.