Are Gabriel Project’s services truly needed in West Virginia? Yes!
30% of West Virginia’s children under the age of 3 years live in poor families, defined as income below the federal poverty level (National Center for Children in Poverty). 62% of these children live with a single parent. In the counties currently served by the Gabriel Project, the percent of young children living in poverty is even higher, at 32%.
The need for our services is dramatically increasing. Five years ago we served 3,700 families. By 2015 the total of families served had jumped to over 6,700 families. Last year, 2016, we served 11,038 families through the dedicated efforts of 514 volunteers. A 63% increase in one year alone. This is the most families served in one year in the history of the Gabriel Project.
In 2016 –
- 4,248 packages of diapers and 1,113 cans of formula were distributed to infants and toddlers.
- 401 babies were laid in a new crib, giving them a safe place to sleep.
- 358 young children were buckled into a new car seat to keep them secure on our roadways.
And the need continues to increase . . .