LAKE WORTH, Fla. - It's been a tough road for seven-year-old Alana Brodrick and her mother. Her mother Jennifer Richardson said, "She had been in five different schools, multiple apartments, seeing bad things and she was in jeopardy of failing kindergarten."
They were homeless and turned to Adopt-A-Family for help. Matt Constantine, the CEO said, "The experience for children who are homeless is devastating. There's all kinds of physical health issues, mental health and also academic."
The organization has been helping them for more than a year, including this summer program for Alana called "Project Grow." It's helping her get a jump start before going into second grade.
Alana told NewsChannel 5 about some of the fun things she is learning this summer. "Static electricity and it was fun because I had the perfect hair for it and my hair went up."
The program also makes sure each of the kids are well fed. They're given breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.
"The kids who attend project grow are in one of Adopt-A-Family's housing programs. We own or operate 117 units of housing, some targeting families that are literally homeless others for families who are in need of safe and affordable housing."
Though school is a little over a month away, Alana's mother is already seeing a positive change.
"I just think it's a very special program because of the love here and it's like a family. These people are dedicated to our children and they actually care, they are not on the streets," she said.
Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches
1712 Second Avenue North