Let Me Walk A Mile In Your Shoes
Feniks Foundation has partnered with Star House Foundation Columbus to raise more awareness to the ongoing needs of our homeless, transient, and necessitous youth. We will be hosting our Semi-Annual Just Cause Shoe Initiative in the spring and fall to collect new and gently used shoes (& socks) which will be distributed to Star House Foundation Columbus and other in need youth throughout the city. Follow @feniksfoundation on Instagram for more information regarding our community outreach initiatives.
To donate your new or gently used shoes please scroll to the bottom of the page for a comprehensive list of drop off locations. For mailing options please visit the contact page.
If you are unable to travel to any of the drop off locations or have any questions feel free to .
During the 2014-2015 school year, there were 27,939 homeless students
,in the state of Ohio
making up 1.6%
.of the total enrollment
School districts with lower ratios of homeless students to free-lunch eligible students are likely under-identifying those not in shelter.
Homeless LGBTQ students are nearly twice as likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide as homeless non-LGBTQ students (62% to 34%).
Homelessness not only impacts a child’s education, but also their health and wellbeing.
In 29 school districts, over 40% of homeless students were identified as having a disability. The average rate for districts with any homeless students was 20%, or 33% higher than the average rate for all
Homeless students were 2x as likely as their housed classmates to have been emotionally abused in the past
12 months by
someone they were dating.
Transitional living programs helped over 5,000 homeless youth transition to life on their own in 2016.
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) funded the first transitional
living programs in 1990.
Don't contribute to the 300 million pairs of shoes that end up in the landfill. DONATE THEM TO THE FENIKS FOUNDATOIN!!