Nonprofit Raises Money to Keep Children Safe at Home

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Members of a Charlottesville nonprofit say hundreds of children in our area are living in homes that are unsafe or in need of critical repairs. Now they are working to support a charity that helps give those children a safer place to live.

This month the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, or AHIP is making a big push for the Keeping Children Safe at Home program. Charlottesville Whole Foods has partnered with AHIP to raise money and awareness.

Whole Foods has had posters, fliers, and donation containers available for the Keeping Children Safe at Home program. So far AHIP has raised $2,600, which includes matching donations from the grocery store, which continue through the end of the month.

AHIP's director says there are about 250 children in this area living in homes that are in serious need of repair. Issues range from leaky roofs, to plumbing and insulation problems.

"In Charlottesville and Albemarle we focus a lot of resources and time and energy and love on helping children succeed; we have educational initiatives, we have good schools, we have mentoring programs, we have community centers and all kinds of things to help them thrive and survive," said AHIP executive director Jennifer Jacobs. "But if we aren't tending to the house, the home where they launch from every day and go home to every night, we're missing a big piece of their well-being."

Jacobs said research shows that kids who grow up in safe, physically secure homes are more likely to graduate from high school and become successful adults.

The Blue Mountain Rotary Club is hosting a 5-K race on April 19 to support the program. Click here for more on how to support Keeping Children Safe at Home.

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