(All names and identifying information in this case study have been changed to protect the confidentiality of this student. However, the story is an accurate description of the services that Communities In Schools – Bay Area provides to students and families.)
CIS has been working with Sam since last school year. He is a quiet, well-behaved student. Sam’s parents have found themselves in a tough situation and are currently homeless by the school district’s standards. They do not have their own residence and are temporarily living in a family member’s home. Sam’s dad has the only car for this family of 7 and uses it to get to work at a local gas station. Sam’s mom is looking for a job that is within walking or bike riding distance. Sam is the oldest of 5 children.
CIS has provided Sam with school clothes and supplies and he is participating in The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program. Sam takes a sack of non-perishable food items home every weekend. The family has been very grateful for receiving this additional food.
The week before Thanksgiving CIS was able to donate a Kroger gift card to Sam’s family for them to use to purchase a holiday meal. In addition, we delivered to their home a few sacks of non-perishable food items that were donated during the school’s food drive.
Through the generosity of a local Baptist Church, Sam’s entire family will be adopted for Christmas. The church will be providing every family member with wants and needs off their wish list, including a bike for Sam’s mom so that she will have transportation when she finds a job.
CIS is so glad we are able to help Sam’s family out during this difficult time and
through the holidays!