Washington Masonic Charities
"One the Level: Student Success" Program
Washington Masonic Charities is working hard to bring different initiatives to
cities, towns and communities throughout the state to bring light to a large part of that community which is in darkness - the more than 40,000 children in our state who are homeless. Shockingly, over 6,000 of them have no parent or guardian, and are either couch surfing, waiting for foster care, or living on the streets.
No child deserves to grow up without caring adults guiding them toward success.
This program is a partnership between WAMC with school district Homeless Liaisons to bring resources to those students experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The funds assist in removing barriers to further education and meet basic needs and help them complete their K-12 education. 100% of the grant funds will go to direct services and not used for administration or salaries.
With these funds, WAMC staff coordinates with school staff to provide direct assistance, that is not otherwise available through other resources, to support students in need. The McKinney-Vento Act requires schools to account for and support the education needs of students experiencing homelessness yet does not fund direct assistance determined to be needed to support the student. This program enables M-V liaisons to work directly with the students to identify the need and then work with WAMC and Lodge members to ful ll that need.
Many organizations work with groups of students or families, food pantries; school supply drives; clothing banks. The WAMC focus is to work with the district McKinney-Vento liaison to identify specific students and their need. This could range from a 3-day hotel stay after being released from the hospital to buying basketball shoes so the student can play intramural sports after school and stay engaged and mo vated to stay in school.
The professional judgement of local school nurses, counselors and principals in qualifying children for assistance is vital. Most school professionals have multiple sources at their disposal to assist children in need. Working through the schools also minimizes administration time and preserves the confidenciality of the students and families who receive assistance.
Examples of Resources Provided to Public School Students:
Eligibility & Assistance
Students Experiencing Homelessness or Near Homelessness & Foster Youth
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