The Connections Fund fosters resilience.
Across the nation, the number of homeless children and youth enrolled in public school has nearly doubled since the U.S. Department of Education began collecting data in 2004-05.
Homeless students face many educational barriers due to the disruption and trauma of not having a permanent or adequate place to live. Additionally, homeless students endure a lack of basic needs including food, clothing and access to medical treatment. Trying to overcome the stigma and embarrassment related to their housing conditions can have a negative impact on their success in school.
Unfortunately, each year the numbers of homeless students in our public schools increase.
“Regional Office of Education, United Way and Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation are partners in the Connections Fund; providing immediate assistance to students documented as homeless by their school district. The Connections Fund provides basic clothing for the students in need with a referral from their school district, and helps the families make connections to more sustainable housing situations.”
CUSF has also received generous support from Carle Foundation, PNC, Bank of Rantoul and Kiwanis, along with individual donations.