Helping Homeless Children Succeed

Tawana Davis reads a book to children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter, where tutors help kids with their education. (Photo and Caption: Ricardo Thomas/The Detroit News)

Nearly 150 homeless individuals are housed in The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Detroit, and about 80 of those are children. Salvation Army Captain Barbara McCauley told The Detroit News that many mothers who come through their doors sought shelter there when they were kids.

Unfortunately, children of homeless adults face the risk of getting caught in the cycle of homelessness. In addition to the effects posed by the emotional stress and instability of their circumstance, moving from place to place and from school to school causes many children to fall behind in their education.  These struggles kids face while they are young could pose a notable impact on their development into adults.

Organizations including The Salvation Army recognize the need to confront these issues in order to stop the trend. Through mentorship and tutoring, staff and volunteers are strengthening kids with vital educational and recreational opportunities the children might otherwise miss.  This effort is even taking place now at our Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Detroit.

In addition, homeless parents are able to focus more effort on finding jobs and housing while their children are being intellectually and emotionally nurtured.

Check out an article featured in the Detroit News that discusses this life-changing endeavor and our efforts at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Detroit: Tutoring Programs Try to Break Cycle for Homeless Children.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Detroit, click HERE.