– The Housing for Kids Team
Hear from the volunteers and families who have been impacted.
"I used to volunteer at a local kindergarten one morning a week. How these teachers do it, I have no idea. There were 22 students and 8 languages in this class. One boy kept coming to school and falling asleep until we realized that his family was living in the woods near the school at night. He wasn’t sleeping and was hungry. We all brought him food and let him sleep during 'circle time' while the school tried to help with the family housing.
“There aren’t many places for me to turn to for help with a special needs child. Shelters don’t cater to families like us, so we’ve been living in my car for the past few months. Downtown Streets Team is helping us get off the streets into an apartment where we can actually feel safe and where my son can continue his therapy.
“Downtown Streets Team has helped me set employment goals and I went from two part-time jobs to one full-time job. I asked my boss for a raise and I got it!! I couldn’t believe it. Now I’m working on finding a place of my own so I can provide for my daughter and keep her out of the abusive home we left with her dad.
“I’ve been living in my car for a few years now after hitting some bad luck and raising my son who is in high school. Having to see my son getting dressed for school outside of our car every day breaks my heart. Getting the help I need from Downtown Streets Team to move in somewhere would give my son a chance to have a roof over his head for the first time since he was in elementary school. Right now, I’ve got a part time job and I’m working on my goals trying to make this happen.
Appalled by the shocking number of public school students of Monterey County who are experiencing homelessness, a group of concerned citizens have come together to help solve this crisis.
We come from all walks of life - our ranks are comprised of people with a diversity of skills, all connected in our commitment to ensure every public school student of Monterey County has a home in our community.
Sandra is the executive director of the Franklin Legacy Fund, which focuses its efforts on child and youth homelessness. She is a writer and editor with over 30 years of experience in journalism. including at the San Francisco Chronicle and The Herald.
After a successful 43-year career matching philanthropic intent with needs of the nonprofit sector, Robin is now a realtor with Over the Moon Realty Inc. matching families with homes.
In her career as an Information Technology specialist, Dianne workedfor IBM, Xerox, and McGraw-Hill Education as well as educational institutions and government agencies. She was a founding board member of the Program Management Institute, Monterey Bay chapter.
Marty "Martha" Fleetwood is the Founder of Homebase/The Center for Common Concerns, a law and social policy organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness.
Laurie spent her medical career specializing in Physical Medicine andRehabilitation and Medical Acupuncture. As a team member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, Laurie has worked internationally and nationally providing stress reduction acupuncture to refugees andthose affected by natural disasters. Laurie has also provided free acupuncture treatments to homeless adults in Monterey County
During her career in health care administration and psychology, Karen served on many boards in the Bay Area, including the Salvation Army Board and its family shelter, Senior Action Network, and several other organizations.