By the end of 2014 the Regional Office of Education identified 2,621 students as homeless in Winnebago and Boone Counties. This is up from 1,648 in 2013 and only 694 in 2011. We ended the year with 2,228 active homeless students and growing. We expect to identify at least 3,000 students as homeless this year. These students need our help. New Life United Methodist Church has begun to partner with the Regional Office of Education to provide homeless students with basic necessities. As part of our ongoing Paper Angel Closet (in partnership with One Body Collaborative) we have already provided these goods to families in need; but we want to make sure none of our children go without the basics: soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products and so much most of us have ready access to. To Donate Directly to the Closet Click <HERE> and donate through GoFundMe.
Incarceration can strain family ties to the breaking point. Angel Tree shares the love of Christ in a tangible way and strengthens family bonds, delivering personalized gifts and the Gospel to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents at Christmas. Every Angel Tree family is also given access to a free, easy-to-read copy of the Bible in English or Spanish.
New Life Church set a goal to raise $300 to guy gifts for the families separated from their incarcerated parents. For this good work, please donate to our online giving. You can find "Angle tree" on the list of giving opportunities.