Set for Success
Do you remember your 18th birthday? The excitement of a later curfew, more unrestricted use of the car, maybe a larger allowance? Wasn’t that a wonderful time?
Now imagine that you are in foster care. Your thoughts are a little bit different. Where will I live, how will I get to school, what will I cook for dinner? When you turn 18 in the foster care system, you are required to leave the group home whether you have finished high school or not. Pretty scary for a young adult of limited means.
Two years ago we began sponsoring a group home for boys in West Palm Beach. We see to it that each boy gets a special birthday with presents from his wish list. This has been very rewarding and the boys are grateful. Last year we had a student “age out” and for his birthday we provided for his new independent life in an apartment. The state requires that everything be purchased new and thru the generosity of our friends and supporters we provided all the items on a basic list. The grand total was $2150. This was the beginning of our Project Set for Success. In 2018 we were able to make sure that five foster care boys were "Set for Success" as they aged out of the foster care system.
Another boy (young man) will be aging out this year and we would like to offer you the chance to make a huge difference in his life. The feelings that arise from getting a young adult off to a good start cannot be described and are wonderful to experience. Below is the basic list that we have compiled and that we are using as our blueprint. We would hope that you would select an item from this list or send a monetary donation to Kindness Shared marked Set for Success. Please consider joining us. You won’t regret it.
Set for Success List of commonly needed items:
Helping 18-year old’s transition out of group foster care into independent living by providing basic necessities and much more.
(2) Xbox Games
26” Men’s Bike
Bed in a bag
Lox Box Safe
Iron & Ironing Board
Cleaning Supplies & Rags
10-piece towel set