Kids with Homes Helping Kids Without

Does your Sunday School class or Vacation Bible School need a purpose? They can decorate a house to help the homeless children and their families in Atlantic County. Cardboard houses are available by contacting Bill Whittles at 609-652-0184.

Houses for Change is an award-winning educational crafts project for kids to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help homeless families. It is a national campaign that answers the question, “What can I do to help?”

Using magic markers, crayons, collage material, stickers and your imagination, decorate a plain box to look like a house. Take the box home and in the following weeks or months fill the box with loose change. At a selected date, for example Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or the end of the school year, families bring their filled boxes back to the participating organization for a communal donation to Family Promise, or a local homeless organization or both.

Houses for Change has universal appeal. It has been adopted by schools, congregations, homeless organizations, the United Way, and the YMCA to engage their youth in a meaningful service project. The decorated boxes can be used at community service days and birthday parties as piggy banks; at churches as Advent, Lenten and collection boxes; and at synagogues as tzedakah boxes.

See the video below from a News Story of boxes that were created in Florida.

See more information at our National Chapter by clicking here.