St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky is providing beds to children with nowhere to sleep.
In an announcement, the charitable organization said the Sweet Dreams Bed Program provides a bed to a child now sleeping on the floor or in a chair. Research indicates that a good night’s sleep helps children perform better in school, and a bed for each child is also a custody requirement in Kentucky.
Shannon, whose full identity has not been included for her protection, escaped a domestic violence situation two years ago. Since then, she has worked toward regaining custody of her three children, working as a hairdresser while getting back on her feet.
After two years of saving, she has enough money for an apartment for herself and her children. Shannon will be able to receive full custody of her children once she has a bed for each of them at her new home. She reached out to St. Vincent de Paul to see if they could help with beds and was able to receive three brand new beds for each child through their Sweet Dreams Bed Program, according to the nonprofit.
“It’s only through the generosity of the community that St. Vincent de Paul is able to provide beds to children 16 years and younger, seniors over the age of 65, and the disabled,” the charity said in a press release.
St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky has received nearly $80,000 to support the program in the past year from The Pfau Foundation; Diocese of Covington Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA); PNC Charitable Trusts/Schroth Family Foundation; Marge and Charles Schott Foundation; Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; and the Fifth Third Foundation – Ohio Valley Foundation.
If someone is in need of a bed can call the St. Vincent de Paul NKY helpline at (859) 341-3219, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in giving to the Sweet Dreams Bed Program, visit www.svdpnky.org.