Those who are helped by CHRS are from lower economic families in Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding areas. They have limited or no financial resources. The children often have no coats or shoes and only very few articles of clothing. By providing basic essentials for these children in need, CHRS fosters an environment of hope.
CHRS has been working with a specific public school, Field Club Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Field Club has a large population of children in need. CHRS has been providing food, clothing, shoes, and other similar necessities to these children and their families.
Requests for clothing, shoes, and coats are received through Needs Assessment Forms that are completed by teachers and staff of Field Club Elementary School. The Needs Assessment Form identifies the specific recipient and his/her clothing, coat and shoes needs. If any siblings are also in need, the form is also used to communicate those needs. The forms are delivered to the CHRS Board of Directors. The Board evaluates each request and determines the amount of funds to be allocated. CHRS volunteers purchase goods and deliver them to the staff of Field Club Elementary School. School staff members make home deliveries.
An exciting change will be taking place in this program for the 2010-2011 academic year. CHRS will maintain a space at Field Club known as Christopher’s Closet. An inventory of children’s’ clothing and shoes will be maintained within Christopher’s Closet, allowing for a more timely response to individual needs. Allowing access to and stocking of the closet will still be the responsibility of the Board of Directors. It is our hope to expand this program to other schools within the community as resources allow.