For homeless families and families that have only recently escaped homelessness, it can be difficult to meet an unanticipated need or respond to a new crisis. As the families we serve work hard to increase their income and earn a living wage, they may occasionally need a small boost from a community of support to ensure that they stay on track—and have the opportunity to celebrate milestones.
That’s where our Family Needs Sponsors come in! These generous supporters agree to help meet unanticipated needs of the families we serve by purchasing items or providing direct financial support to meet a family’s specific need. Meeting these needs usually costs relatively little, but makes a significant difference for a family—for example:
- Purchasing a car seat to safely transport a toddler;
- Purchasing baby clothes to welcome a newborn;
- Providing tickets to an attraction to celebrate a child’s birthday.
Occasionally, sponsors may also help with larger needs like purchasing essential furniture for a family that has just moved into their own apartment or helping a family in transition with their utility bills for a limited period.
Family Needs Sponsors agree to make a good-faith effort to help meet the needs of the families we serve and are placed on a list of individuals or businesses who may be contacted when needs emerge. Most but not all needs fall within a $60-$120 price point and can easily be met with an online order delivered to our shelter location. If a Family Needs Sponsor is unable to meet a particular need, they reserve the right to refuse a request.
Family Needs Sponsors’ donations are tax-deductible. With every need they meet, they receive both a formal thank-you letter from Nicholas House to serve as a tax receipt and a personalized thank-you card from the family they helped.
Would you like to become a Family Needs Sponsor and help make a difference for the homeless families we serve by helping to meet unanticipated needs? Contact Norma V. Nyhoff, our Volunteer and Marketing Manager, via email.