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There are many resources available to transitional aged foster youth, especially in California. They can get on the waiting list for affordable housing.
I have a friend (former foster youth in fact) who has been waiting 8 years. I heard of another foster youth who got into affordable housing a little faster than others, but in Compton, and gets jumped by gangs regularly.
There’s free community college, even for those who haven’t aged out.
And there’s extended foster care options.
These are all great. We believe they are good and needed, but also not enough. As mother Theresa said,
“There’s two kinds of poverty. We have the poverty of material; for example, in some places like in India, Ethiopia and other places, where the people are hungry for a loaf of bread – real hunger.
But there is a much deeper, much greater hunger; and that is the hunger for love, and that terrible loneliness and being unwanted, unloved – being abandoned by everybody.”
This is the time that they realize finding a forever family probably won't happen and feelings of abandonment hit hardest. Turning 18 is seen as the end of the road. It’s over, no chance for family or connection. As this news story put it for 17 year old Ashley, she’s “hoping to find a home before it’s too late.”
At Finally Family Homes we reject that idea.
We believe no one is “too old for a family.”
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” -Proverbs 13:12
Without hope, these kids don’t have the motivation to move forward in their schooling, to put in the extra effort to take advantage of these free resources. As followers of Jesus, we will also naturally share our love for God, as He is our greatest motivator and empowerment – our anchor of Hope.
Depression is a motivation killer.
Upon aging out
20% of youth become instantly homeless.
Within 18 months
36% will have experienced homelessness.
On any given night
over 1,000 youth are sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles who are current or former foster youth.
On May 15th we start crowdfunding
a one-time far-reaching fund-raiser primarily done online.
We are asking our community, online and otherwise, to help us reach out to their friends who care about helping others and give because they care about the cause or care that you care about the cause.
What are we fundraising for?
Furniture, appliances, housewares, linens, curtains, cleaning supplies, and all the other things that go along with making a house a livable home. As a transitional house, the vast majority of this will be a one-time cost.
We estimate it will require about $18,000.
That comes to $40,000 as our goal for the fundraiser.
$35,000 should be enough for us to feel confident to get the doors open!
Of course, donating is the most direct way to help.
Sharing Finally Family Homes with friends and family will help spread the passion and participation we need. This kind of fundraiser works best when a lot of people get involved, every donation matters.
The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide family-like support to help teens who don't have a family or home, transition into successful adulthood.
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