A new, centrally located Suffolk Regional Services Center will improve access to services for families while increasing community support and volunteerism for ForKids’ vital work in the region. The redesigned Suffolk Center will provide trauma-informed spaces for case management, counseling, and tutoring and a home-base for our mobile services team that serves the families of Suffolk, Franklin and Southampton and Isle of Wight Counties. Through technology and creative multi-use design, we will create a resource that enhances the health and self-sufficiency of families and ensures homeless children have a chance to succeed.
Homeless families in Suffolk have turned to ForKids since we assumed the operation of the Suffolk family shelter and prevented its closure almost a decade ago. In 2008, ForKids served 6-8 familes daily through emergency shelter with only 35% exiting to appropriate housing. Since then, ForKids has grown and enhanced services to better meet the community’s need in Suffolk and all of Western Tidewater.
Today, ForKids serves 30-35 families daily throughout Suffolk and Western Tidewater through a combination of housing programs, education, and critical services. Last year, 96% of families in ForKids’ Western Tidewater programs exited to permanent housing in the community.
With a mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children, ForKids is more than a safety net. Our full spectrum service model simultaneously identifies the compound root causes of each family’s homelessness and improves mental health, education, employment and personal obstacles with supportive services culminating in self-reliant families with permanent housing.