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A Heart for the Homeless

July 11, 2014

heart_for_homeless_scout_patch_final-fullAt Bridge Communities, we know that homelessness can be a difficult concept to explain to your children. How do we explain what homelessness truly means, and what kind of impact it makes on our kids, and on our community? More importantly, how do we answer the question, “Why?”

Bridge saw this need, and created the “What’s It Like To Be Homeless?” curriculum as a way to teach kids about homelessness in a meaningful way. The activities we suggest are geared toward school-aged children, and are appropriate for to teach in schools, religious and youth groups, scout troops and more. There is a variety of activities that the groups can perform, based on the age of the kids, including:

1st-3rd grades:
-Purchase or borrow from the library either of the books, “Cooper’s Tale” or “Fly Away Home,” and use the discussion questions to explore why and how families become homeless.
-Identify an organization in your local area that serves the homeless. Choose and complete a service project that helps its clients.
-Complete the activity “What Would You Take?”

4th-12th grades:
-Using the questions, explore together as a group the reasons why families become homeless and why homelessness is harmful to children.
-Complete the activity “Calculate It!”
-Visit a homeless shelter or the offices of an agency that serves to homeless to learn more about this issue in your local community. Students can research and develop their own project that serves the homeless.

In addition to benefiting from taking part in these experiences, kids can earn scout patches as well. After the troop members complete the activities from the “What’s It Like To Be Homeless?” curriculum, troop leaders can order Bridge’s “A Heart for the Homeless” scout patches for $2 apiece from

We hope these activities can answer some of the tough questions your kids may have about poverty and homelessness, and help them keep the homeless in their hearts.

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  1. Alicia Rasnic permalink
    July 11, 2014 5:07 pm

    I forwarded this to my daughter who home schools and my daughter in law who is a teacher and girl scout leader. They are both very excited to explore these books and opportunities. Thank you Bridge Communities.

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