Houses for Change ®

Innovative Art Project to Help Homeless Families

Houses for Change is a fun, educational art project to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds for Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit helping families experiencing homelessness, or any other homeless shelter, food bank or charity.

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Using art supplies, children decorate pre-ordered house-shaped cardboard boxes to look like a house. Participants take their boxes home and in the following weeks fill them with change.  On a selected date, families bring their filled boxes back to the organization that arranged the project for a communal donation to any homeless-related or other charity they select.

More than 50,000 kids have raised more than $500,000 for charities of their choice in the Houses for Change collection boxes they created.



Houses for Change was created by long-time Family Promise volunteer Mark Wasserman to engage youth in the issue of family homelessness and to teach kids the values of compassion, charity, and saving–values that will last them a lifetime.

Houses for Change has universal appeal. It has been adopted by families, schools, congregations, Vacation Bible School, homeless organizations, the United Way, and the YMCA to engage their youth in a meaningful service project. The project can be used in schools for collection boxes, at community service days and children’s parties as piggy banks; at churches as Advent, Lenten, and Vacation Bible School collection boxes; and at synagogues as tzedakah boxes.

Visit this page for ways to implement this project.

See Frequently Asked Questions.

Ready to create your own Houses for Change project?  Click here to   Get Started  You will find details about the boxes, suggestions for arts and crafts materials, age-appropriate lesson plans for students of all ages, and a Family Homelessness Fact Sheet.

Please view the video to learn how you can make a difference with  Houses for Change.

In the Media

Huffington Post  Play Dates to Teach Kids Value of Helping Homeless.

CBS12  Gift of Giving

Sun Sentinel  Children Help Homeless.

DRW Magazine  Kids Can.


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