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FWCS Homeless Assistance Program Kicks Off School Year

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Homeless Assistance Program will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a Back to School Celebration on Aug. 6.

Families in need of assistance are invited to the event to get ready for the new school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 15. Students can receive free book bags, school supplies, hygiene products, shoes and haircuts. In addition, lunch will be provided at no cost during the event. For event details please contact Student & Family Support Services at 467-2120.

The celebration is sponsored by Parkview Hospital, NIPSCO, Sweetwater Sound, Salvation Army, Allen County Christmas Bureau, Northeast Indiana System of Care, King’s Barber Shop, Inez Pierre-Louis, A Party Apart and other community organizations.

“We know that many families, particularly those who are homeless, struggle with getting ready for the start of a new school year,” said Wendy Hoering, FWCS Homeless Liaison Coordinator. “We appreciate the support of so many in the community to ensure students get off to a great start.”

Each year, Fort Wayne Community Schools assists hundreds of homeless students and their families in an effort to maintain school as a stable environment during times of transition. FWCS assists with clothing, transportation and other support as needed.