Helping homeless children in Palm Beach County

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Adia and Abigail are playing house with Winnie The Pooh. But for more than a month, the sisters and their mother were homeless. A relative's house where they were living went into foreclosure. Their mother, Kenalta Clark said, "It was very difficult. I had a lot of days where I had no idea where me and the kids would go."

They temporarily lived with friends. The girls, especially Adia missed school. "She was in pre-k but she missed a lot of her pre-k due to the fact of transportation issues, the issues of being homeless."  

Kenalta and her kids turned to Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, an organization that helps the homeless. But the need for help is growing. More than 2000 children and their parents have sought help from it already this year.

Chere Brodi with Adopt-A-Family told us, "We've had families living in their car, we've had families living with relatives moving around two weeks, every week We actually had a client who was living in a Walmart bathroom."

According to school districts and homeless coalitions throughout the state, hundreds of children are homeless in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties.

Brodi says the agency does what it can to help families. "Our case manager helps find them other services they may need, help find them employment, go back to school, help find proper child care for their children. Everything that can help that family get back to stability."
And it's stability that Kenalta now has. "I have stable housing, my girls are preparing themselves for school as well, we have the proper transportation to get them to and from school if needed. The school programs are going to assist me as far as my girl's ability to learn what they missed the prior year before."


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