WHAT we do

COS helps to assess and provide for the changing needs of the estimated 4,000 children who live in San Francisco family shelters, are enrolled in their aftercare programs, or are on the waiting list to be admitted into them. The services we provide include one-on-one tutoring and scholarships (both to school and summer camp), as well as purchasing school clothes and supplies, computers, printers and software for educational programs. In addition, our Birthday Bunch campaign provides a birthday party with a cake and balloons for the children in the shelters to allow them to celebrate their special day.

WHO we are

Children of Shelters was founded in 1995 by Lois Pavlow, a San Francisco philanthropist who, having grown up in an orphanage herself, is acutely aware of the needs, hopes and dreams of children in transition. Our mission is to provide for the education and emotional needs of San Francisco’s homeless children, and each day, we ask ourselves "What does it take to make a difference in the life of a homeless child?".

WHY we do it

For homeless children, childhood can be the first thing to go. These children are twice as likely as other children to be in poor health, and four times as likely to experience delayed development. We are passionate about helping these vulnerable children to feel comfortable and safe, and providing them with special programs through which they can learn, explore and thrive. They desperately need our help, and we have seen firsthand how every dollar we receive brings us one step closer to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

See more at: http://cos-sf.org

Here's How My Celebration Can Help...

$25 pays for a birthday cake, allowing a child living in a homeless shelter to truly enjoy his or her special day.
$125 provides a new backpack filled with a years' worth of school supplies for a middle-schooler living in a shelter so that he can maintain his presence on the honor roll.
$300 buys a used violin for a talented child in transition, allowing her to pursue her dreams of becoming a concert violinist.