Not having a place to call home is hard enough.
For the millions of kids in the U.S. who experience homelessness, life is full of challenges.
And without a good pair of shoes, kids feel embarrassed, discouraged, or left out— simply because they lack something most of us take for granted. In short, they feel limited today, which can limit their tomorrow.
Each $20 monthly donation provides a new pair of athletic shoes to a child experiencing homelessness.
Soles4Souls works with our school and community partners to deliver new shoes to kids who need them most.
Together, we’ll help more children experience the joy and confidence they deserve.
We believe every child deserves to experience the joy and confidence that comes with a new pair of shoes.
Why give shoes to kids without homes?
While many organizations are focused on the critical needs of food and shelter, school officials tell us shoes are essential for students to succeed in school.
A good pair of shoes can change a child’s future.
Kids who receive new shoes have more confidence, attend school more regularly, and are more physically active.
“Thank you for thinking of me during the hardest time in my life! You have given me light.”
Since starting 4EveryKid in 2020 the data we collected from 4EK distributions thus far has revealed many positive changes in the lives of students experiencing homelessness:
72% shared that shoes were one of their greatest needs
79% reported having an increase in physical activity
Over half of students reported wearing their new shoes to play sports (Over 30% of students reported missing sports/extracurriculars sometimes because they lacked proper footwear)
95% of students reported an increase in confidence with their new shoes (Students also said they felt more accepted, valued, and proud)
4 out of 5 students reported feeling more equal to other kids in school with their new shoes
80% of students said they were more excited to attend & participate in school with their new shoes
54% of youth have better school attendance once they receive new shoes
45% of our partners reported improved behavior
Schools reported the following short & medium-term outcomes after students received 4EK shoes:
95% increase in school attendance
2 in 3 improved grades*
*The data shows a positive correlation b/t new athletic shoes and student performance by removing barriers to attending school (like inadequate footwear that hurt students’ feet on the way to school or in the classroom which distracted them from learning) and creating equity amongst students in school (like leveling the playing field some by replacing shame with increased confidence amongst students) which foster a positive learning environment for students to thrive.