Preparing homeless children for school

CBS Television hosted a back-to-school celebration for the children in residence at Upward Bound House, a community based, non-profit organization that provides housing and services for homeless children and their families.  The celebration took place at Upward Bound House’s Family Shelter facility in Culver City. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, David Snow, and CBS employees distributed more than 60 donated back packs filled with essential school supplies for the upcoming school year.  This is the second year for the backpack drive at Upward Bound House.

“These are indeed difficult times,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We have a jobs crisis.  We have a housing crisis.  Some would say we even have a crisis of hope.  Some would say that, but not me.  Celebrations such as this one are the answer to how we will weather this temporary trial: together.”

“School can be a very difficult place to go when you are homeless,” said David Snow, Executive Director of Upward Bound House. “Like the work we do here at Upward Bound House, CBS Television Distribution and its employees are giving these kids the resources – and inspiration –to succeed in school and beyond.”

[pullquote_left]”Since the Upward Bound House opened in January 2010, it has been a critical component in our efforts to assist families through difficult economic times,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_left]Invited guests included Culver City Council Members and Pat Prescott of 94.7 The WAVE Morning Show who featured the event in her morning broadcast. Families enjoyed a delicious dinner.  The mission of Upward Bound House is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services and advocacy. Since 1997, nearly 1,300 individuals – including over 800 children – have graduated from Upward Bound House and are no longer homeless. According to recent data, over 6,000 children are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles. For more information about Upward Bound House, please visit www.upwardboundhouse.org.