How Local Churches Support Foster Youth Transitioning to College
Imagine being a teenager facing transition into adulthood and independence all alone. Thousands of young people face aging out of foster care every year. These teens need support, guidance and family now, and for the rest of their lives.
OCA Life Coaching Director, Beth Pace equipped local churches to provide care packages, reaching young adults who had aged out of the foster care system. Through the generosity of several churches, individuals and families, more than 50 young adults (many now enrolled in college) opened presents filled with gift cards to their favorite restaurants and shops, treats for pets and handmade items. For some, these packages were one of only a few gifts they received during the holidays. We met up with two young adults who were given a boost of support during the 2016 holiday season.
Glenda Wright, 21, said her care package came with a letter from the family, a hand-knitted scarf, gift cards and a phone case. “I love homemade gifts because it tells me someone took the time out of their life and put thought behind something for me. So that really touched me,” Wright said.Tamara Vest, 20, loved her care package as well and said she doesn’t usually get many gifts around the holidays. It was filled with gifts for her beloved dogs, coffee and gift cards for shopping and her favorite restaurant.
What a blessing to hear from Glenda and Tamara, who were touched by the care package program. While the gesture may seem small to the giver, gifts make big impacts on these young adults.
If you are interested in sending a care package to a former foster youth in college or learning about our life coaching opportunities, please call Orphan Care Alliance at (502) 498-4765.
Follow the OCA Blog to hear more about Tamara and Glenda’s journeys through foster care and who helped them along the way.