SFPS Adelante Program

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The SFPS Adelante Program provides services for children, teens and their families experiencing homelessness in Santa Fe. We provide them with advocacy, tutoring, evening programs and material aid. Adelante also plays a crucial role in educating the community about child homelessness, and advocates for our families’ needs with schools, human service agencies and the community at large.


We provide leadership in promoting local and national policies towards ending child homelessness. Our biggest passion is supporting our clients to express themselves creatively and to work towards a successful, empowered life beyond their homeless situation. 

Students in the Adelante Program may be living in the following situations:

  • Children, teens and their families staying in shelters, on the streets, in cars, or camping due to domestic violence, abuse, addiction, sexual orientation or other challenges,
  • Children living with someone other than their parent or permanent guardian,
  • Families living in substandard housing,
  • Families being evicted or having their utilities disconnected,
  • Youth who have run away or been kicked out,
  • Families who have “doubled up” with other families in tight living situations, since they can’t afford a place of their own,
  • Children waiting for foster care placement,
  • Myths about homelessness

Services provided by the Adelante Program

  • School clothing, school supplies, and backpacks,
  • Free tutoring for our students,
  • Referrals and linkages for mental health, housing, medical, and other social service needs,
  • Case management,
  • Advocacy to ensure that students receive free lunch, access to field trips, quality after school care, and access to appropriate transportation to school,
  • Collaboration with other providers to provide seamless support for homeless children, youth and families,
  • The Juntos Project, which includes free weekly dinners for homeless families, bags of fresh groceries, donations of books and clothing, a parent education class, and art classes for the children.
  • For more information about the "Juntos Project," click here.
  • After School Program assistance,
  • Food Pantry,
  • Emergency Fund to respond to families’ financial emergencies.

This program is generously supported by funds from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission, NM McKinney-Vento, McCune Charitable Foundation, Brindle Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Community Development Block Grants and Title One Funds as well many community members.

We are winners of the Santa Fe Community Foundation Pinon Award, NewMexicoWomen.Org Chispa Award and 100 Women who Care. We are also represented on the boards of One Door Campus, Youth Works, the Housing Advocacy Coalition and the City of Santa Fe Immigration Committee. We also founded and run the region’s only Homeless Children and Youth Task force, which has been running for 14 years.

To learn about what community members can do click here.