Unfortunately we are witnessing the “New Poor,” 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 the Families in Transition and Homeless Students programs to assist a population that had needs that are not being met through Federal or other social programs. The Locker Room, established in 2011, acts as the intake, processing and distribution center for donations and families.
Fans provides basic daily living necessities to less fortunate infants through adults clothes, shoes, personal and dental hygiene items, household necessities, kitchen utensils, small appliances, school supplies and backpacks, school uniforms, and other basic items to provide the families a new start in life.
We believe our support and supplies; improve attendance with a decrease of truancy, allow children to maintain a sense of hygiene limiting schoolmate bullying and teasing, building 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 students assisted by Fans are by appointment and referred by School District personnel or related Arizona Social Service Agencies. The primary requirement for assistance from Fans is a child must be enrolled full time in a School District or a Youth on Their Own.
These families are Arizona residents and may be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, low-income households, or have chronically ill or physically disabled children.
On any given day there are in excess of 225 Homeless Families in Transition and over 450 Homeless Students enrolled fulltime just in the Chandler Unified School District.
For the 2017 – 2018 school year FANS will assist over 850 Students and 375 Families in Transition by providing their basic daily living necessities.
“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 2017 FANS will provide through the FANS Locker Room over 40,000 items of clothing, school essentials / backpacks and daily living necessities to families and students within the Chandler Unified School District, My Sisters Place Shelter, and other Valley Social Service Agencies serving the needs of Homeless Students / Families in Transition, Victims and Children of Domestic Violence (not including diapers).
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.