By Daniel Bond
How many homeless children are there in Milford? No one really knows the total, but it appears that there are many and their numbers are increasing.
Craig Warrington recently made a presentation on this issue to board members of the Circle of Light, Inc., a local non-profit that is trying to help homeless children and their families in Milford. Mr. Warrington, who is a Visiting Teacher and Homeless Liaison with the Milford School District, said that in the district 92 students were considered homeless during the 2011/2012 school year. Homelessness is defined as not having a permanent address. This number was up from 86 the previous year and these figures do not include pre-school children or school age children who may not be enrolled.
These children and their families do receive some critical assistance. In our schools the teachers, counselors and administrative staff receive training in how to recognize the homeless and assist them. Local ministries and various community organizations are also providing a helping hand. Through various channels the homeless receive clothes and food, blankets and sleeping bags, toys and hygiene supplies. Presently there are no shelters for these children or their parents in Milford.
It is to address the need for shelter for homeless women with children that the Circle of Light, Inc. was established. For the last few years Circle of Light, Inc. has been working hard to fill this gap in the assistance system. Milford Lions Club recently awarded the Circle of Light, Inc. a generous grant to support its efforts. However, Circle of Light, Inc. needs more support from the local community if it is to solve the problem of shelter for our homeless children.
A Public Forum is being planned to address this situation. The meeting will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 200 North Church Street, Milford on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to help with this effort you will be most welcome. Please contact Rev. Deacon Dorothy Vuono at 732-725-9604 or firstname.lastname@example.org