There's No Place Like Home From Home raises over $60,000!
Congratulations to our winning bidders and thank you to everyone who participated in our online auction! You put up a good fight! We want to thank our generous community of friends and supporters for helping us raise over $60,000 in sponsorships, auction sales and general donations in support of There's No Place Like Home From Home. Your support helps us give shortchanged youth the opportunity to succeed as independent adults.
National Foster Care Month is now over, but it is not too late to make a donation in support of former foster youth. A contribution of any amount can make a big difference in the lives of our young people. To make a donation, click here.
Be sure to view the videos below about three of our youth participants: Chris, Breanne and Conleysha. Like most of the youth we serve, these young people had little support growing up and faced homelessness and uncertainty at the age of 18. Because of First Place, all three now have stable housing, a career path and hope for the future.
Conleysha was placed in foster care with her great aunt when she was just a baby. Her childhood was often tumultuous and, at age 18, she was kicked out of her home because her great aunt didn't accept Conleysha's sexual orientation. She was abandoned, and had to "couch surf" to keep a roof over her head at night. Then Conleysha found First Place.
Breanne was placed in foster care at the age of 9 because of her parent's abuse. While in foster care, she moved around a lot, living in 15 different foster homes. When Breanne was turned out at 18, she had no where to go. She was living in homeless shelters and couch surfing. Then Breanne found First Place and her youth advocate, Martina.
Chris entered the foster care system when he was 12 years old. While in the system, he moved around constantly, attending four different middle schools and five high schools. Growing up, there was never anyone around to help him prepare for his future. When he turned 18 and was forced to leave foster care, he felt like a child, completely unprepared to live independently. Then Chris found First Place.
Barbara Rodgers Interviews FPFY Volunteer
Hear what FPFY volunteer Michelle Ellison has to say about There's No Place Like Home From Home in an interview with Barbara Rodgers, featured on Comcast Newsmakers.
For more information about There's No Place Like Home From Home, please contact Andrea Miller, Development Officer, at 510-272-0979 x301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.