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St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams Bed Program helping NKy children get a good night’s rest

Research indicates that a good night’s sleep helps children perform better in school. Without a bed to call their own, children may be restless and tired during the school day.

St. Vincent de Paul NKY’s Sweet Dreams Bed Program provides a bed to a child now sleeping on the floor or in a chair.

Beds not only provide a good night’s rest but ensure families can stay together. Anyone seeking custody or kinship of a child in Kentucky must provide a bed for each child. This can be a financial burden, especially with recent inflation in rent and food.

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The Sweet Dreams Bed Program helps families in need and allows them to save money to meet their monthly financial obligations, such as rent and utilities.

Here’s just one example of how the Sweet Dreams program has helped a family be together:

Shannon escaped a domestic violence situation two years ago. Since then, she has worked toward regaining custody of her three children while getting back on her feet, working as a hairdresser. Now, after two years of saving, she has saved enough money for an apartment for herself and her children. Shannon will be able to receive full custody of her children once she has a bed for each of them at her new home. She reached out to St. Vincent de Paul to see if they could help with beds and was able to receive three brand new beds for each child through their Sweet Dreams Bed Program.

It’s only through the generosity of the community that St. Vincent de Paul is able to provide beds to children 16 years and younger, seniors over the age of 65, and the disabled. The organization receives financial support of nearly $80,000 to support the program in the past year from The Pfau Foundation, Diocese of Covington Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA), PNC Charitable Trusts/Schroth Family Foundation, Marge and Charles Schott Foundation, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and the Fifth Third Foundation – Ohio Valley Foundation.

Those in need of a bed can call St. Vincent de Paul NKY’s helpline at 859-341-3219 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are interested in donating to the Sweet Dreams Bed Program, visit www.svdpnky.org.

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