To support students of BPS District 101 who find themselves in temporary housing situations and to support them while they are transitioning to permanent housing and to insure that students who are facing poverty can be successful in school. To support students in BPS District 101 who are in low income families and have a difficult time with basic needs.
It started in 2013, when a community member approached Lisa Palese about helping a family that she heard about who was homeless. Upon further invesitagation, she found out there were more than 50 students in Batavia living in temporary housing. A group of parents and community members quickly formed CHIP IN Batavia to support these students to give them the best educational experience possible. There are now close to 70 homeless students. In addition, there are over 1,000 students from low-income families that have a very difficult time making ends meet. With the incredible support from our community, we have expanded to also help these low income families with their needs as well. We work with staff in administration and with staff at all 8 schools to identify student (and their family) needs. We can work very fast to get what is needed to help make their lives easier and more comfortable.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Lisa Palese is the Director of Student Services and the Homeless Liaison for Batavia Schools. She has been a teacher in Batavia for the past twenty (25) years and has spent the last three (8) years working with our homeless families. As of October 2017were over 70 students in the Batavia that are considered homeless. Lisa works with each family to ensure that each student has supplies, transportation to school, basic clothing and access to other resources outside of school. She is currently working with CHIP IN , area churches, and community members to expand the support that Batavia can offer to students
Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison
Community Outreach Coordinator
Amy Nelson was hired to provide additional support services, through Title One funds, as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She works to assist Lisa Palese, our Student Services Director, with the coordination of services and programs for our students currently facing homelessness and financial difficulties. She serves our Title One schools, helping those schools with existent and new programs offered to help bring more success for our students in academic distress. Amy has lived in Batavia for 45 years, is a Batavia graduate, a former Batavia teacher, is married to a Batavia teacher and coach, and has 3 children. Amy is grateful to be in such a wonderful community who supports and encourages our students, our District and our incredible city of Batavia.
CHIP IN Coordinators: We work directly with each school to help with specific student/family needs. We can work quickly to meet the needs that school administration and teachers recommend:
Melinda Kintz, co-chair, Batavia Apartments Liaison
Joanne Spitz, co-chair; BHS Liaison
Diane Anderson, RMS Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)
Bobbie VonLunen, RMS Liaison (Batavia Woman's Club)
Sue Bauer, HWS Liaison (Kiwanis)
Louise VonHoff, HWS Liaison
Cindy Morgan, LWS Liaison
Amy Moore, AGS Liaison
Laura Bernabei, AGS Liaison
Karen Yunker, HCS Liaison
Nancy Schmitz, JBN Liaison
For information on how to participate, please contact us.