2020 Impact Survey - Six-Month Summary

 

In the first six months of 2020,

  • We delivered 451 beds to 187 families.

  • 153 (82%) of the families had experienced homelessness.

  • 126 (67%) are single-parent families, with all but two of those led by single mothers.

 

With respect to the race of the children,

  • 88 families (47%) identified their children as African American

  • 12 families (6%) identified their children as biracial, multiracial, or mixed race

  • 11 families (6%) said Native American or American Indian

  • 8 families (4%) said their children were Hispanic

  • 6 families (3%) said their children were White or Caucasian

  • 3 families (3%) said Asian

  • 1 family identified as Hmong

  • And 59 families (19%) did not indicate their children’s racial identity.

 

116 families (62%) completed a survey

 

Stability

Three months after delivery,

  • All but 2 (99%) were living in the same home where we delivered the beds.

  • 93 % of the families said all of their children were still using their beds.

Previous Sleeping Conditions

Before receiving their beds, the children were sleeping

  • on an air or other mattress (37, 32%)

  • on the floor (22, 19%)

  • with a sibling or parent(s) on a bed or air mattress (21, 19%)

  • on a couch (11, or 9%)

  • on an old bed (10, or 9%)

  • crib (2, 1%)

 

Improved Sleep

90 of the families (78%) reported noticing that their children’s sleep had improved since receiving their new beds. Specifically, families said

  • Their children sleep more or longer

    • “10-year-old boy didn't hardly sleep at all, and now he sleeps great. Right after he got the bed, he slept 10 hours straight. Now he sleeps more regularly.”

  • The new beds are more comfortable

    • “He’s getting better quality sleep than crunched up on a couch all night.”

    • “They love how the sheets feel against their skin. It calms them down to fall asleep.”

  • Their children no longer complain of aches.

    • “They used to wake up hurting.”

  • They now sleep through the night

    • “not up at all hours of the night”

    • They stay in their own beds now. Used to climb into bed with mom.

    • “He used to get up and walk around at night. Now he sleeps in his bed all night.”

  • They go to bed more easily at night:

    • “I fall asleep more easily now because it’s really comfy.”

    • 4-year-old goes to bed by himself at 7:30 – [the bed] made a huge difference.”

    • “They don't fight going to bed now; when asked, they go lay down in their space.”

    • “Goes to bed without issue each night.”

 

School Performance or Behavior

45 families (38%)[1] noticed positive changes related to their children’s school performance or behavior at school since receiving their new beds. Families notice,

  • Ready to start the day

    • “They’re happier to get up and go to school now or to their computer to start their work.”

    • “Getting up earlier and able to complete his work”

  • Improved attitude about school

    • “My high-functioning autistic child is now eager to learn.”

    • “He actually likes talking to his teachers all day now.”

    • “Before we got the beds, they were not excited about doing their online learning. Now they are so excited to start their day. They use their bed for their online classes.”

  • Better able to concentrate, more focused

    • “They are able to follow their lessons more.”

    • Son “had lost a lot of focus in school. He used to be on the honor roll. By the end of January, he hit A honor roll and was student of the month. It helps to have his own space.”

    • They got more of their schoolwork done; they were able to follow their lessons better.

  • More energetic

    • “My daughter used to doze off during class. She doesn’t do that anymore.”

    • “It helps with her energy and thinking.”

    • “He has a lot more energy to do it—even the distance learning.”

  • Academic achievement

    • Got a call from school that child had improved.

  • Improved behavior

    • “ The 4-year-old used to act out, and now with the bed, does better at pre-k.”

    • “When she first started pre-K, she was not playing with others and was mean to some, but now she goes to her program and is having better days - good behavior.”

  • More outgoing

 

Home Behavior

74 families (64%) reported noticing positive changes at home since their children received their beds. Families report that their children,

  • Spend more time in their rooms or on their beds

    • Sets up her dolls and stuffed animals on her bed

    • Now with the coronavirus, they are in their beds most of the day.

    • Older ones are sitting on their beds with their Chromebooks all day.

    • Use their beds to make forts

    • Sit on them to read or color.

  • It’s great to have a bed of their own.

    • It’s “more personal.”

    • “happier having their own space”

    • “She understands it's hers. She lays in it and puts her babies in it. She naps in it.”

    • “It is great that the three-year-old says ‘this is mine.’ They are proud of their beds. They love to be in their beds and won’t even let me sit on their bed.”

    • “They felt comfortable because it is their own beds. The kids also enjoyed the cards and books, and especially the teddy bears. We used to have so many stuffed animals, so it was particularly great to get these.”

  • Are more independent

    • In charge of making their own bed

    • Sleep on their own through the night

    • Help more about the house and walking the dog

  • Have improved moods

    • “More playful and energetic”

    • “Happier and more energetic”

    • “No more crankiness when they wake up.”

    • “Less hyper”

    • Better attitudes, “not so grouchy.”

    • “They were slightly depressed, and it’s gotten better.”

  • Get along better

    • Less fighting between siblings

    • “Not so crabby or upset.”

    • “He tries to be more mature with his younger siblings. Less fighting and more taking care of them now.”

  • Listen more.

  • Are more alert and energized.

    • Getting up and being active and wanting to go outside and play for the day.

  • Are more confident.

  • Behave better.

  • “10-year-old's appetite has improved. He is more energized and gets his three meals in. He used to come home after school and crash and wouldn't eat.”

  • “The more stable sleeping situation helps prevent accidents at night.”

 

Other

  • One dad spoke of the positive impact the bed has had on his daughter with cerebral palsy. She is sleeping better, crying less and feeling less frustrated during her therapies, and seems to be making great progress. She is also more independent and uses her bed as a place to play and read on during the day.

  • "I don't usually see enough good in the world. To see you and those kids come in and set up the bed was just a blessing. It is nice to know that is available for other families too." Thank you!

  • “We like the bags. We bring them to Target with us.”

  • “The people that came were really nice. The kids loved the extra things that came with it. My daughter loved the teddy bear and purple blanket with stars”

  • The people that delivered the beds were very respectful and helpful.”

  • “I appreciated them coming and setting up the beds and interacting with the children. I appreciate having the beds because otherwise my kids would still be sleeping on the floor.

  • “the gentleman that delivered gave him a hug, helped him set up. Called youngest a "big boy". He was awesome. It was dead winter - there was a mini blizard and he was still there and had a great attitude.It was a major deal.”

  • Thank you. It helps tremendously for the kids to have their own bed.

  • The whole crew was amazing. I really enjoyed their company. I felt like I’d known them for a long time.

  • “It was a big help.”

  • “You guys are amazing! My kids have always had to share beds and love having a bed of their own!”

  • “Thanks . . It was good for us coming out of shelter to get a bed for her. It makes the new home more ‘homey’.”

  • “To find out about this program through my son's school was awesome. I'm thankful. It can change people's lives. Sleep is everything.”

  • “I do visibly see the changes in my kids since they got their beds. When they wake up they are refreshed and energized. "it's like a breath of fresh air for them" to have their own, comfortable space to lie down on at night.”

  • “I moved to my apartment and a short time later, we all fell ill with Covid-19. This was the first place I've had since my divorce last year. Me and my three kids (all autistic) were sleeping on the couch. These are the first beds they've had in several years. They love their beds, they change their own sheets. It made my apartment a home. Thank you so much.”

  • “I really appreciate them bringing the beds out because it was a big weight off my shoulders. And it came with comforter sets.”

 

[1] 31 (27%) said “no” because of summer break, distance learning, or because their children are too young to attend school.

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