The goal is simple: 

Get new athletic shoes to kids experiencing homelessness.
All 1.5 million of them.

With evictions on the rise, many kids’ lives are in chaos.

Homelessness has long been a problem in the U.S., and the pandemic has made it worse. Communities of color are especially affected by the ongoing economic fallout, and a looming eviction crisis threatens millions more families.

Why give shoes to kids without homes?

Essential need

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.

Insufficient funding

Schools receive only $50 per student experiencing homelessness to facilitate enrollment, attendance, and success in school. With other critical needs, schools can’t afford to buy shoes.

Psychological impact

Without a good pair of shoes, kids feel embarrassed, discouraged, or left out— simply because they lack something most of us take for granted.

“Thank you… This is one less thing I have to worry about.”
– 17-year-old girl from Missouri

A good pair of shoes can change a child’s future.

of our partners tell us that children/youth have better school attendance once they get new shoes

report improved behavior after children/youth receive their new shoes

report an increase in confidence in shoe recipients

report an increase in physical activity when they receive new shoes

“THEY FIT! And they are not from Goodwill! These are the first new pair!”
– 8-year-old girl from Tennessee

For a homeless kid, a new pair of shoes means dignity, education, and health.

“For me, having a new pair of shoes… meant that I was worthy. It meant I had a choice when choice was such a rare commodity in my life. It meant that I could walk and jump and move without pain. It meant that I had dignity.”

 – Khadijah Williams, a survivor of homelessness and advocate for homeless youth 

Join our community of monthly donors providing new shoes to kids in need.

“Thank you for thinking of me during the hardest time in my life! You have given me light.” 
– 11-year-old boy from Texas

Together, we can be champions for kids overcoming homelessness.

* For privacy reasons, S4S does not explicitly share photos of the children we serve who are experiencing homelessness.
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