Holiday Season is here and we would like to take the opportunity to invite you to join in our cause to support our local homeless youth!
Canal Park Outfitters is proud to support the Families in Transition program, and invites you to join us in contributing to their fundraising campaign. Here’s some information about the Families in Transition (FIT) program and campaign (per KBJR 6):
According to district leaders, more than 400 students are considered homeless in the Duluth School District. And that may not be all of them.
“We do have quite a few students that are homeless in our schools. So we average between 400-450 per year, and those are just the students we know about. Those are students that are referred to us, students that approach us. But there can be certainly more we just don’t know about,” said Katie Danielson, a coordinator at Families in Transition.
And what classifies a student as homeless varies.
“We follow McKinney-Vento [Homeless Assistance Act of 1987]. It’s a federal law, and so if students and family are living in a hotel/motel, doubled up, in shelter transitioning housing–anything that falls under those categories,” added Danielson.
But the District’s Familes in Transition program is looking to change that. With the help of local businesses and neighbors, the program has started an online fundraising campaign in hopes of raising $1,000 by the end of this year.
Another way to contribute to the FIT fundraising campaign is with your purchase of a Canal Park Outfitters Explorer Tee — 100% of profits are donated to the program.
For more information, be sure to visit the Families in Transition website at fitduluth.org.