More than 194,300 youth and children were homeless on a single night in 2014. These homeless children are put at a higher risk for not becoming literate, because of their living conditions.
I’ve had several students experience various levels of homelessness including those living in shelters, living in motels, and living in cramped quarters with extended family. In my efforts to support and advocate for them, I was unable to find readily available resources to addresses their situation.
These students inspired me to write a book about students without permanent homes and “Are We Home Yet?” was born. In this 24-page children’s book, I write about the plight of “Max,” a second-grader who lives in a shelter. The book takes readers to the heart of Max’s life by sharing his feelings, fears and hopes.
In recent years, our schools have focused on eliminating bullying and this book aims to educate children, as well as teachers and parents, about the life of families who face homelessness. Furthermore, the book gives homeless children support by letting them know that they are not alone.
In that spirit, would you be interested in purchasing a set of Are We Home Yet? books to be donated to classrooms, shelters and community centers?
We would like you to be our partner in reaching this goal of donating 5,000 books. Think of the smile you would put on “Max” and other children who are homeless. Please make your gift today.
Christie J. Jones, M.Ed.
Author, “Are We Home Yet?”