In 2006, 1 in every 50 children were homeless. Today 1 in every 45 children are homeless.
Does this break your heart?
Lori and Jay Prentice, along with their 3 kids, are working to change that statistic, one person at a time. They bring in homeless and needy families or individuals to stay with them for a short time. This allows those individuals to rest and get back on their feet. Moved by the impact this was having on people, Lori wrote a picture book, The Best Dinner I Never Ate, to share their family’s story with the world. This book will help dispel stereotypes, teach empathy, and inspire others to be His hands and feet. To complement the book, Lori wrote lesson plans to aid teachers and parents in unlocking these themes with their children.
Sometimes in our lives, we come across people who try to make a difference in some way. The Prentice family often searches for days for people they hear of that need a warm place to stay. When they find them, they welcome them into their own home. They post to Facebook groups, comb homeless hotspots like soup kitchens and donation centers, and have gone to the media for help in finding the vulnerable, the destitute, the forgotten. They make time in their schedules and make room in their hearts to help homeless people feel like family. We hope that sense of belonging gives them the understanding that they are important contributors to our community.The Best Dinner I Never Ate will communicate to other families and children how just one family can make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate than themselves.
On April 28th, 2013, with the help of Kickstarter and 98 backers, the Prentice family reached their funding goal to self-publish The Best Dinner I Never Ate and the lesson plans. Soon the book and lesson plans will be available for purchase. The sale of these items will further support the Prentice’s growing ministry of helping others climb out of crisis.
During our 30 day Kickstarter campaign, numerous media sources picked up our story. Click the links below to read, listen, or watch how others shared this story:
Sierra Star Newspaper (article)
Sierra Online (article)
KSEE 24 News (TV clip)
Madera County Board of Supervisors (video clip of Lori speaking) Select the video from April 23rd, go to item 6 in the video.
The BridgeMaker (blog)
This is only a portion of those that shared our story and helped carry the torch.
You can also watch our short Kickstarter promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HYcaTWtb0Q