This spring Family Gateway is raising funds to support our summer programming. When I first started this campaign I was inspired by one of the children in our programs. He’s a 10-year-old boy named Gabriel, and his story is one I want to share. Gabriel is incredibly articulate for his age and he had this to say about Family Gateway:
“Family Gateway has been a big blessing to my family and I from the time we were living at the Center location, to now living in Family Gateway apartments.
…Helping with school work, supporting my family, and taking me on outside activities and camps has been a great experience in preparing me to be a better person.”
- Gabriel, age 10
Gabriel came to Family Gateway last fall with his parents and his younger brother. Case managers immediately identified major contributing factors to their homelessness and began working with them on an individualized program to overcome those barriers.
Today, both Gabriel’s mother and father have full-time jobs and their children are thriving in stable home and school environments. Gabriel is looking forward to the Family Gateway summer camp and dreams of having a desk of his own when school starts in the fall.
Supporting Gabriel & His Family Through the Summer
Our recent letter campaign featured Gabriel and his family’s story. His family is only one of the more than 300 families currently in our programs. We would not be able to continue providing individualized care for these families without the generous gifts we receive from our supporters.
In thinking about the powerful impact donations have on our programs, I discovered the following numbers:
$35 - Supports a family on their first night at Family Gateway.
$77 - Provides rent assistance for a family for one month.
$163 - Feeds one person during an average 6-month stay at the Annette G. Strauss Family Center.
$305 - Supports a single mother and her children for one month.
$957 - Provides comprehensive services for a family for one month while Dad looks for a better job.
$9,863 - Allows Family Gateway to serve 1,000 clients for one day
Together, We Are Already Making a Difference
Our programs are working. In 2012, over 80% of our clients were able to improve their lives through programs offered through our staff and our many community partners. Children are passing TAKS/STAAR tests, graduation rates are soaring, and families like Gabriel’s are moving out of the cycle of poverty every day.
Support Family Gateway’s programming over the summer by joining our campaign.
Help us improve the lives of homeless children – http://www.familygateway.org/donate.htm
Share this story with a friend or volunteer at the Center this summer.