In the Lansing area, almost 50% of children live below the poverty level.  For children who are homeless, nights may be spent at a local overnight shelter, staying with a friend or relative, or sleeping in a car.  When they have no place of their own, these children and their families need a place to find respite from the struggles of poverty.  We help them, one step at a time.

Advent House Ministries, Inc. (AHM) reaches out to these children and their families by providing food, shelter, housing, education, and employment assistance.  AHM has created a "home base" through our Weekend Day Shelter for those struggling with poverty and homelessness.  It's here, in a welcoming "home," that we engage children in the most needy families through the Children and Families Program. They call it, "The House."

We improve the daily lives of children through community engagement, recreation, and learning. These opportunities build on the strengths of character and purpose gained in their experiences of working through poverty. Our program is offered every Saturday and Sunday to over 450 children annually between 4 and 17 years of age. 

In the AHM Children and Families Program, children are separated into groups by age/grade level and engage in activity modules including a physical activity in our gym, a learning time with curriculum designed for each child's learning level, and a life skills building session appropriate to age level. Program staff and volunteers work with parents/guardians of each child to promote family learning that compliments and supports the child's development.  

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