Mission

The Siemer Institute will enhance educational opportunities for school-aged children by preventing family homelessness and reducing school instability.

vision

Vision

Built on community outcomes achieved by successful local initiatives and operating as a collective impact network, the Siemer Institute and its partner communities will learn and grow together to achieve even greater results in each community and across the nation. The Siemer Institute will become a national leader in homelessness prevention while increasing school stability for school-aged children.

Vision

Strategy

The Siemer Institute’s major strategies include: improving family financial and housing stability while creating opportunities for families to thrive and for students to achieve academic success.

History

History

As a school teacher Barbara Siemer saw how harmful homelessness and school instability were to students and classrooms. These experiences inspired Al and Barbara Siemer to develop a program in 2003 with the United Way of Sarasota and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast to address this issue.

Based on the success of this original work, the Siemer Institute was launched in 2011 to take this program across the nation with the intention of preventing family homelessness and reducing school instability among low-income families. Since 2011, the Siemer Institute has developed partnerships in 53 communities across the country.

The Siemer Institute leads this work nationally from Columbus, Ohio, and United Way affiliates across the country oversee our programs locally. The network actively participates in a collective impact model while sharing best practices that align successes with the intent of creating national change. Siemer Institute partners with United Way because we believe it is the lead organization in each community that brings meaningful change by identifying community needs and assembling resources and partners to address those needs.