Home for the Holiday (H4H)
We partnered with YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Services) to provide support to youths who are transitioning out of foster care. We do this by providing a full-course meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition to meals, we provide Christmas tree, decorations and a gift from their wish list. We also host various events throughout the year that encourages leadership and independence.
Soothing the Soul
Children entering the foster care system often leave home without the items they value, like their favorite teddy bear, blanket and other personal items. Children are placed into care while at school and do not have the opportunity to return home prior to being placed into care. In other cases, children are placed into the care at twilight evening hours and are rushed to pack limited contents into garbage bags before heading to foster care. We believe that Georgia’s children should be greeted with the love and dignity of a care package that they can call their own when they enter the foster care system. Therefore, our organization works to provide children entering foster care with a duffle bag containing essential items to increase comfort and security during their earliest days of placement.
We host birthday parties for foster kids three times a year April, Aug & November. The August party is typically a birthday party and back to school event. At this event all kids are provided with school supplies. The November event is a combination of birthday party and Christmas celebration. At the November parties, children have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus.
At all parties, the birthday kids receive a birthday gift from their wish list, a new book bag and a book. The bookbag is for the kids to store their most precious items and the book is to encourage reading.