When Rose City Kids began in 2008, one of the most important aspects of the program was our home visits. The reason home visits are such a crucial part of Rose City Kids is because building a relationship with the kids goes beyond hosting them in a large group program. By visiting each child at their home, we are able to get to know their families, understand their life and needs a bit more, and be available to them in more practical ways. Home visits allows us the opportunity to meet kids and families where they are at. Through our biweekly home visits we have been able to support hundreds and hundreds of families over the years by providing groceries to those in need, helping families through illnesses and losses, and in many other ways.
In 2020, home visits became even more essential. Throughout the pandemic, we continued to visit our families, beginning with our porch drop offs. Once a month, we dropped off activity boxes on porches for over 500 kids. The boxes were filled with crafts, snacks, and activities. In the summer we also did many giveaways on our social media and drove around with a free ice cream truck to all our families.
More than ever, families were expressing how
grateful they were for the many volunteers
still giving in this season.
In September we continued our biweekly visits by dropping off "lessons in a bag". These lessons are created with the family in mind, giving parents a resource to help them navigate the various emotions that their kids may be facing throughout this pandemic (and even outside a pandemic!) Each bag contains written resources, activity ideas, family connection questions, and a craft.
We feel so blessed to be a part of the lives of
each of these families. Though this season has presented challenges, it has also allowed for us to build a stronger Rose City Kids community.