On an average night, there are about 50-100 children that depend on the Mission to survive. For children experiencing homelessness, there are whole new sets of challenges, most of which are developmental. When a homeless child is able to rely on Nashville Rescue Mission, immediate securities are met: the child can sleep safe, eat nutritious meals, make it to school, have clean clothes, finish their homework with volunteers that can help with difficult questions, and more. It means having a balanced, “normal” childhood.
Kids who depend on the Mission certainly have their needs met, but items like school supplies and new sneakers are placed on the want list and are often secondhand items. Many of the school-aged kids that stay at Nashville Rescue Mission have never experienced the excitement that approaches late summer when back to school season nears— the changing store aisles, the thrill for new school binders and pencils, and the anticipation to show off a new outfit or lunchbox to classmates you hadn’t seen in several months. Homelessness steals the back to school delight for kids.
Because we know excitement for school can lead to an excitement to learn, we asked Nashville Rescue Mission supporters to help us send homeless kids back to school fully-stocked with school supplies and new uniforms and undies. The options were simple: give online, donate gently used items, or purchase items from our back to school wish list on Amazon.com. The response was overwhelming! We received box after box of items that will go directly to the children that stay with us at our Women’s campus. So many Mission donors were able to give homeless kids anticipation for school! From all of us at the Mission, we want to say a very big thank you for all you do to support Nashville Rescue Mission.
If you would like to join the Back to School Initiative, you can: