CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The number of homeless children in Charlotte have doubled in the past five years and the community’s help is desperately needed.
A Child’s Pace is an organization that works with homeless children to erase the ‘homelessness impact’ that their surroundings may cause. During the school year they provide these children with the support they need to get an efficient education.
In addition to the educational support, A Child’s Place lets these children know that their dreams can com true. One homeless child said the programs have changed her life and it has her dreaming big.
“I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up I like to explore stuff,” the child said.
During the school year, the organization serves about half of the population of homeless kids. A Child’s Place Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth believes that helping half the children is a great mile mark in changing the future, but she believes it is not enough.
“They have the same hopes and dreams they want to be or do something great and we want to be able to give them that opportunity,” Suddreth said. “The investment in our children now is an investment in our community.”
The organization also sponsors a summer camp. The students get swimming lessons, academics and two hot meals a day. Today the CMS student showed me the work she did on the subject of caring.
The summer camp only reaches fifty children. The community is needed to help bridge the tremendous gap.