Wolk and Dodd join ‘Essentials for Young Lives’ drive
Fourth and Hope families with infants and toddlers will receive much needed diapers, baby food and baby hygiene products thanks to First 5 Yolo and state legislators Senator Lois Wolk and Assembly Member Bill Dodd.
For the HomeAid Essentials for Young Lives Capitol Drive, which continues through Friday, First 5 Yolo placed donation baskets in the State Capitol offices of Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Dodd are asking capitol staff and visitors to donate items that will help Yolo County homeless families cope with the challenges of providing the most basic needs for their young children.
“It is so important for young children to have nourishing food and proper hygiene,” said First 5 Yolo Executive Director Julie Gallelo. “It is exciting to see so many California legislators and state capitol staff participate in this effort to help parents struggling with homelessness to care for their young children.”
Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Donations will enable Fourth and Hope to use the money normally spent on essential items such as diapers and baby wipes on other programs to help their clients achieve self-sufficiency and to lead productive, independent lives.
Gallelo added, “The economic downturn of the past few years hit us hard in Yolo County. People might be surprised to know about some of the families who have been temporarily homeless and in need of a helping hand.”
The Essentials for Young Lives campaign is timed to occur when supplies are low at non-profit organizations that provide services for homeless families. Most contributions occur in December each year; and by mid-year the need for assistance has often depleted available supplies.
The recipient of the First 5 Yolo baskets in the legislative offices will be Fourth and Hope in Woodland, which works to empower men, women, and families to make necessary life-style changes that enable them to exchange homelessness for a full and productive life. It provides meals, shelter, rehabilitation, job training and often a last chance for a real, sustainable life. The Fourth and Hope Web site states, “We are a community safety net — and are in the business of helping people rescue themselves.”
Speaking at a press conference at the state Capitol, Yolo County resident Audrey McCurdy told how her family, including three children ranging in ages from four months to seven years, had recently been homeless. Through the help of the Fourth and Hope, they are now in the family transitional housing program and are receiving diapers, wipes and other items through the Essentials for Young Lives program.
“We want to thank everyone for this help. Donations made through the Essentials for Young Lives program is helping my family and many others like us to have basic items we need to take care of our children, said McCurdy. “This means so much to us.” Daily Democrat Newspaper