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United Against Homelessness
November 19, 2014

By Kay Arntson, age 10  | Pretend you are 4th grader coming home from school, but you have no home. How can you concentrate on school work, or stay on task at school?  

Families Moving Forward is an organization that helps prevent homelessness in Carver and Scott county. People that are homeless in this area go and sleep at local churches for one week at a time. I have had the opportunity to work with homeless families through Families Moving Forward at my church.

One thing I have done is help transition Sunday school rooms into bedrooms for these families. I have had to setup seven beds in one room for one family. So 8 people sleep in one room. Can you imagine?

Another thing I have done is help prepare, serve and share a meal with a family staying at our church. At dinner, the dad was asked “were the beds comfortable “? The dad said, “No but they’re better than sleeping outside on the ground or in the truck”. Can you imagine?

One thing I’m most proud of is being apart of Summer of Service camp. At this camp, I helped grow vegetables to donate to our local food shelf. We also had a rummage sale and I suggested we donate the money we earned to Families Moving Forward.

I did all these things because I think all people should have a place to call home!

Kay Arntson
Kay, 10, is a fourth-grader at Jordan Elementary School She attends Hope Lutheran Church where she and her family volunteer to host families through the Families Moving Forward program.