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just the facts:
kids and poverty

In Cleveland, 46.% of children live in poverty.

78% of Cleveland students graduate from high school, 5% below the national average.

Cleveland ranks last among large cities in child poverty.

*Kids Count Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Small changes
big opportunities

Underwear is only one small part of supporting children who struggle with the many consequences of poverty. 7 pairs of new underwear can increase regular school attendance and boost self-esteem for the neediest among us.

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School Homeless Department

Cleveland’s public school district supports students enrolled in the federally mandated homeless department. Most of the students are “couch surfing”, many fewer students live in shelters with their families. The department makes sure these children attend their home schools, assuring continuity in their education. The department also provides basic needs, including UFE underwear.

Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services (CPS) located in Cleveland is a branch of Ohio’s social services department responsible for cases of child abuse and neglect. Children found to live in dangerous situations are removed at a moment’s notice and often leave without any belongings. An assigned social worker takes each child “shopping” in a room stocked with basic needs where they receive UFE underwear.

Pediatric Mobile Unit

Cleveland is fortunate to have mobile health units sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Community Care – Primary Care Pediatrics Mobile Clinics, providing immunizations, physicals, and other services for families in underserved communities. Medical staff reports that 90% of patients are not wearing underwear, a statistic that led to UFE stocking the units with underwear.

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