Unfortunately we are witnessing the many families that were once economically secure in their recent past but as a result of the hard economic times have lost careers, homes, possessions and have depleted all savings and personal resources just to survive. There is one common goal however, keeping their children in school for they know the value of an education. Fans Across America™ started to assist a population that had needs that are not being met through federal or other social programs. The Locker Room, established in 2010, acts as the intake, processing and distribution center for donations and families.
FANS provides basic daily living necessities, by social service and case manager referrals to families and youth facing personal and economic hardships. Assistance includes Infants to Adults Clothing / Shoes, Personal & Dental Hygiene Items, Household Necessities, School Supplies / Backpacks and Diapers, and other basic items to provide the families a new start in life.
We believe our support improves school attendance for youth, a decrease in truancy and allows families and children to maintain a sense of self esteem and confidence.
“Fans Across America™ is an important partner with Chandler Unified School District, providing families in transition with the resources they need to become independent and successful within the community. Meeting the basic needs of our students is foundational to their success in school. Fans Across America™ addresses those needs and their work is vital to the accomplishments of all children.”
Dr. Camille Casteel, Superintendent, Chandler Unified School District
All families and youth assisted by FANS are by scheduled appointment and referred by school district counselors / case managers, social service agencies, law enforcement victims services and domestic and sexual trauma shelters.
Within the Chandler Unified School District, in the spring of 2020, there were over 65 Youth on Their Own, 235 Homeless Students and 230 Foster Children attending school full time.
“There are not enough words to thank you for your commitment to our Chandler Unified School Distric Federal Progarms – particularly those parents/students in our Families in Transition (FIT) program and Title I schools. Your dedication to providing basic daily living essentials, back-to-school supplies, hygiene supplies, shoes, clothing, and appliances, among so many other things, are such a blessing to our school district. Your back-to-school drive for our FIT students and FIT Christmas program are two of the highlights for our families.
Without FANS, so many of our families would be left without nothing when tragedy, such as fire, homelessness, or domestic abuse affects their family. FANS is able to help families start to re-build their lives and have hope again.
On behalf of our Federal Programs Staff, we than you for your years of support of our programs, Title I schools, and our school district.”
Monica Romero, Director of Federal Programs, Chandler Unified School District
Homeless Students qualify as:
- Sharing a house with another family due to loss of housing, or loss of income (financial hardship);
- Not sleeping at a consistent location;
- Awaiting foster care placement;
- Living in motels, trailer parks/campgrounds, emergency or transitional shelters, cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus/train stations, or similar environments; or
- A youth on their own. (YOTO)
In 2020 FANS will provide through the FANS Locker Room to referred clients over 65,000 items of clothing, personal and dental hygiene, school supplies / backpacks and other daily necessities of need.
Donations are always welcome and necessary to provide to students the tools for success.
A basic item means so much in the life of a child and family, donate generously.