About SFPS Adelante

The SFPS Adelante Program's mission is 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 identifies and serves more than 1,100 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, case management, and basic needs distribution such as hygiene items, food, school supplies and clothing.

The SFPS Adelante Program plays a crucial role in educating the community about child homelessness, and advocates for our families’ needs with school staff, 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.

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 material aid such as winter clothing and backpacks full of school supplies to 1,000 students annually.
Respond to financial emergencies with The Partners in Education Homeless Fund (PIE), help turn on utilities, and prevent eviction for thousands of children. The PIE fund also helps with school projects, field trips, sports, buying medicine, and providing transportation.
Keep kids in school and support them to be successful through the work of our early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school liaisons. 

We serve the following demographics: 

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 due to their parent or guardian being incarcerated, deceased, deported, or otherwise unable to care for their children.

Families living in substandard housing.

Unaccompanied youth who have runaway or been kicked out of their homes.

Families being evicted or have disconnected utilities.

Families who live “doubled up” with other families in tight living situations due to a lack of access to affordable housing options

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