The SFPS Adelante Program works to strengthen opportunities for the academic achievement and life success of Santa Fe children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. Founded in 2003, SFPS Adelante today identifies and serves more than 1,700 students and siblings experiencing homelessness every year. Based on the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, SFPS Adelante Program is part of Santa Fe Public Schools and a fiscal project of Santa Fe Partners in Education Foundation. The McKinney-Vento Act states that students, children and youth who live in homeless situations deserve crucial services and important rights, such as immediate school registration and free lunch so that school districts promote their well-being. Our services are bilingual and include advocacy, tutoring, evening programs, case management and providing material aid such as school supplies and clothing.
The SFPS Adelante Adelante Program plays a crucial role in educating the community about child homelessness, and advocates for our families’ needs with schools, human service agencies and the community at large. We provide leadership in promoting local and national policies towards ending child homelessness.
Our greatest passion is supporting our clients as they express themselves creatively and working with them to build a successful, empowered life beyond their homeless situation.
The SFPS Adelante Program is not associated with and not to be confused with the Adelante Development Center in Albuquerque, NM.
With the support of our generous donors, volunteers, staff and community leaders, we
Have increased student graduation rates by 30% through the mentorship of our high school liaisons.
Distribute more than 50,000 pounds of food to our families annually, including a weekly bag of fresh groceries.
Provide school uniforms, winter clothes and backpacks full of school supplies to 1,000 students annually.
Respond to financial emergencies with The Partners in Education Homeless Fund (PIE), helping keep the lights on and prevent eviction for thousands of children. The PIE fund also helps with school projects, field trips, sports, buying medicine and providing transportation.
Coordinate the region’s only Homeless Youth Task Force, providing a space for collaboration among Santa Fe’s many agencies serving children and youth in need.
Keep kids in school and support them to be successful through the work of our early childhood, elementary, middle and high school liaisons.
Serve a hot meal and provide educational and fun workshops to kids and families at our weekly evening program, Juntos los Miercoles.
Children and teens and their families staying in shelters, on the street, in cars or camping, due to domestic violence, abuse, addiction, sexual orientation or other challenges.
Children living with someone other than their parent or permanent guardian.
Families living in substandard housing.
Youth who have runaway or been kicked out of their homes.
Families being evicted or having their utilities disconnected.
Families who live “doubled up” with other families in tight living situations because they can’t afford a place of their own.