Operation Breakthrough cares each weekday 400 children, ages 6 weeks to 13 years. More than 87% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below them.
Over 20% of the children are homeless or near homeless, living in battered women's or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often they sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings. Many of our children are in foster care or other placements due to abuse, neglect or other family crises. Nearly 65% of our families live on less than $15,000 a year, including all forms of public assistance.