The Children's Cabinet, a Nevada non-profit that exists to keep children safe and families together, received a $25,000 grant from the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), to support its Street Outreach Program.
The Children's Cabinet offers services and resources that address unmet needs, through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in Nevada.
Through the Street Outreach Program, outreach workers and case managers seek out runaway and homeless youth in order to provide aid and develop a trusting relationship. The program services youth adolescents from 9 to 17 years old. Last year, the program helped 43 youth leave street life and either reunite with a family member or secure safe living arrangements where they could re-engage in school and positive development activities.
"The Humana Foundation's support of the Street Outreach Program is an investment in changing the course of these runaway and homeless youths' lives," said Mike Pomi, Executive Director of The Children's Cabinet. "With the grant, we will be able to continue to keep children safe and families together through outreach to more youth who have run away from home or are homeless because of circumstances outside of their control. It is our goal to get them back on track to obtain a positive and healthier living situation."
According to a report by the National Center on Family Homelessness, Nevada ranks 45 in the nation for child homelessness. The report also indicates that 109,000 children are living in poverty and of these children there are 10,434 who are homeless, ranging in age from birth to 17 years old. This figure doesn't include the more than 1,300 youth who are homeless and unaccompanied by an adult.
"Humana wants to help people achieve lifelong well-being – at any age. A youth's well-being is important in their growth and development," said Curt Howell, Nevada Commercial Market President for Humana. "We are proud that our Foundation supports The Children's Cabinet, which takes youth out of an unhealthy situation and helps them focus on their overall well-being, be it mental, physical or spiritual."
For more information on the Humana Foundation, visit www.humanafoundation.org.
From The Children's Cabinet