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RCSD’s Families in Transition in need of school supplies

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One local group that provides children in need with school supplies is running low on inventory. 

For most parents, getting your kids ready for school can be challenging. Kara Glaun, a single mother of two, is homeless.  

“Knowing what my situation was — moving back up here and don’t have my own place and where I am staying at — it is very helpful for me to know that it’s here to help my son,” said Glaun. 

Glaun is a part of the Rochester City School District’s Families in Transition (FIT) program, which helps families and students get back on track. 

Associate Director Elizabeth Reyes’ priority is to make sure families like Kara and her son Jaden are off to a right start this school year. 

“Not having uniforms, not having book bags, not feeling prepared for school can be a barrier to their attendance,” said Reyes.

Last year, this program serviced about 2600 students, but early numbers indicate those numbers could grow.

“This year — we count so far from July 1st to June 30th — we have about 450 students, which is high for this time of the school year,” said Reyes. “It’s just starting.”

Reyes says she is happy for the inventory they currently have, but they are in desperate need of more uniforms and school supplies.

“I have struggled with getting both of my kids uniforms,” said Glaun. “Knowing that this program is here to actually help families in need.”

Any donation helps so kids like Jaden can have a great start to a new school year. 

To qualify for the FIT program, you must lack stable housing, including living in a hotel or shelter. 

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact  Reyes with the Families in Transition program at (585) 262-8524 or

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