Cooper Hurley Facebook Like Campaign Supports Homeless Kids
ForKids has been helping homeless children in Hampton Roads for almost three decades. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to be supporting the nonprofit by launching a Facebook ‘likes’ campaign.
For every new ‘like’ of our Facebook page, we’re donating $1 up to $500. You can see more details about ForKids in this video.
Chief Executive Thaler McCormick said Forkids is an organization whose goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. “Most people don’t realize that homelessness impacts children. In Hampton Roads, we have over 2,000 children experiencing homelessness each year,” she said.
“Our job is to help them catch up. We help them break that achievement gap in education. We are working on immunizations, making sure they have clothes for school – all of the things they need to succeed. ForKids has been helping homeless families in Hampton Roads for 28 years now and it’s just getting bigger and trying to do more."
It has an annual budget of more than $6.5 million and aims to raise more than $3 million every year to help ensure children have a home.
“Getting this job done takes a lot of community resources and we wouldn’t get the job done without folks like Cooper Hurley putting their shoulder to the wheel with us,” McCormick said.
Tiffany Palmer is the education advocate in Suffolk and western Tidewater. She helps homeless children bridge the education gap with other kids. ForKids provides mediation and homework help. It also helps the children re-build confidence and social skills.
“We try to give them caring and compassion and let them know we are here for them,” Palmer said.
Palmer said homelessness means many children are shuttled from school to school and it erodes their stability.
“I think the need is very large. The children go through a lot. They experience a lot of trauma,” she said.
Virginia Parsons is the Norfolk job coach with ForKids. She said it’s important for the kids to get their parents back into the employment market.
“I provide employment services. Further than resumes and applications, we also explain to our clients how to go through the interview process and how to dress appropriately. We teach them skills as well as helping them directly,” she said.
She oversees “job huddle” twice a week at the Norfolk center with homeless parents who want to get back into the job market as well as going out into the community.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has supported many good causes in the Hampton Roads community. This week we sponsored the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association golf tournament to raise money for the law library. Earlier this month we supported Brew At the Zoo, an event organized by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads.