Children’s book author visits young people living in a residence for homeless families in Jamaica –

Author Adina Lichtman directs a reading of her children’s book to youth at the Saratoga family home in Jamaica. (Photo courtesy of HFH)

Homes for the Homeless recently hosted a book reading and discussion at their family home in Saratoga, Jamaica for children ages 3 to 16, centered around the release of the movie “Knock Knock, Where’s My Sock?” »Illustrated children’s book by Adina Lichtman.

The book follows Chrystal, a little girl whose family has moved to a shelter where she loses one of her lucky socks, makes new friends, and learns that everyone has superpowers.

The creation of the book was told by several families living in the HFH shelter and includes a poem by a teenage girl about her experiences with homelessness. Children of various age groups wearing the superhero masks they created participated with several parents as student leaders of the Saratoga After-School Program taking turns reading the book to younger children.

Lichtman joined the children, who became more engaged as the plot of the story progressed. An age-appropriate interactive conversation ensued afterwards, in which several children shared their positive reactions by answering questions relating to the story theme.

“The experience has been phenomenal on many levels,” said Michael Chapman, director of Saratoga Afterschool & Recreation. “The participation of students throughout the process, from setup to reading and overall production, gave them a different insight. “

Lichtman is the founder of Knock Knock, Give a Sock, an organization that works to humanize homelessness “one sock at a time” by bringing together neighbors living in local homeless shelters and neighbors living in homeless shelters. houses.

Adina Lichtman is the author of “Knock Knock, where’s my sock?” (Photo courtesy of HFH)

The group educates people about the homeless in addition to providing them with cool socks, an essential resource in many homeless shelters.

Knock Knock, Give a Sock Sponsor Alston & Bird Law Firm donated 150 sets of books to families at Saratoga Family Residence. Copies were given to all participants at the end of the event. Saratoga Family Home Administrator Michael Fahy emphasized the importance of the story and the event for children.

“We try to empower children [so they can] gain self-esteem, showing them that they can do anything and avoid the stigma of living in a shelter, ”said Fahy.

Grover Z. Barnes