Helping homeless mothers use their strength.
The impact of homelessness on mothers in Volusia County, whether parenting alone or with a partner, is profound. Studies show many experience anger, self blame, sadness, fear and hopelessness. Eighty-four percent of families experiencing homelessness are headed by a single mother. Fifty-three percent of homeless mothers do not have a high school diploma.
Family Renew Community's program includes not just housing, but comprehensive case management to help identify and address personal needs and achieve educational and employment goals.
Words from mothers:
"I just would like to thank Family Renew for everything that they have done to help me get back on my feet and to support my family with being determined." -- Taswanda
"It helped me grow a lot. Great experience." -- Krystal
Embracing the role of fathers.
“Really scary … really scary. I can’t explain.” That quote sums up one father's experience of homelessness with his children as relayed in the 2014 stop-action animated short film "Super Dads," produced by Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness. Many family shelters do not accept men into their programs, causing families to separate when they become homeless. Single fathers experiencing homelessness with their children often have no where at all to turn.
Family Renew Community values the role of fathers, housing two-parent homeless families together and welcoming single fathers with children. All services of the program are available equally to homeless mothers and fathers in Volusia county.
Words from fathers:
"I would just like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to do the program and help me and my family. It's greatly appreciated." -- Scott
"Thanks to Family Renew, I have two well-adjusted children. I graduated from Daytona State College, got a scholarship to Stetson University and now hold a position in the writing department ... I am a tax-paying citizen of Volusia County" -- Loren