Are Gabriel Project’s services truly needed in West Virginia? Yes!
28% 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). 67% of these children live with a single parent.
In the counties currently served by the Gabriel Project, the percent of young children living in poor families is even higher, at 30%. And, even more tragically, over 90% of Gabriel Project clients subsist on incomes below the poverty level and the remaining percent live on the edge of poverty.
The need for our services is dramatically increasing. In 2015, the Gabriel Project of West Virginia assisted 6,772 families through the dedicated efforts of 420 volunteers. This is the most families served in the 18-year history of the Gabriel Project and a 19% increase over the previous year.
In 2015 –
- 2,796 packages of diapers and 695 cans of formula were distributed to infants and toddlers.
- 314 babies were laid in a new crib, giving them a safe place to sleep.
- 279 young children were buckled into a new car seat to keep them secure on our roadways.
And the need continues to increase . . .