Born out of a desire to serve the community, Dawn & Michael Rapaport started H.E.L.P. in 2012. While growing up, Dawn experienced seasons of Homelessness as a child. As a result, she’s understood the perspective of how difficult it is to be uprooted continually and not know where her head would rest for the night or when she might eat again. Both Dawn & Michael are committed to serving and being involved with the underserved community and offer their talents & gifts back, providing hope, education, and direction to people who really need the help.
In our own community, there are boys and girls who go to bed hungry every night. They have enough challenges going through the stresses of living on the streets. Being hungry just adds to their anxiety and stress.
Many homeless families cannot afford to provide their children with adequate meals. For many of these children, the only meals they obtain are through their school’s breakfast or lunch programs.
Homeless Engagement Lift Partnership is intervening to fill these hunger gaps with daily afternoon nutritional snack bags ( HelpSnackz ). We work with the school district's Homeless Liaison to identify which schools, and how many of these students need our support.
The most effective way to intersect with homeless children and their families is through schools. We feel it is the most efficient way to reach the families. This program is a stepping stone in assisting families to break the cycle of homelessness. It started with the Helpsnackz Program.
Christ’s Church of the Valley: https://ccv.church/
CCV Missions: www.ccv.church/missions
Let’s Go 360: letsgo360.org
Pastor Larrie Fraley: linkedin.com/in/larrie-fraley-53445032