Foster Care Support Foundation
Spring 2019
Newsletter
 
      
 
 
 
To avoid processing fees and make 100% of your donation count,  you can mail your donation by check through your online banking or directly to:
Foster Care Support
3334 Trails End Rd NE
Roswell, GA 30075
Tax ID: 58-2540031
 
 
 
INDEX
 
 
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THANK YOU!
SPRING/SUMMER DISTRIBUTION
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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PROM-A-PALOOZA
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HOPE 4 TOMORROW MENTORING
FOSTERING HOPE BARGAIN RESALE SHOP
PHOTO GALLERY
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OUR SPONSORS
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Our 2019
Board of Directors
 
 
 
Steve Baumgartner -
Director

Dr. Keith Blair -
Director

Lee Chadwick -
Director

Lynn Dunn - Director

Mark Ewald -
Pres./Co-Founder

Rachel Ewald -
CEO/Founder

Caroline Grounds -
Secretary

Roxie Hernandez -
Director

Jeff Jennings -
​​​​​​​Director

Jon Lipsky -
Director

Karen Mueller -
Treasurer

Jamie Purdy -
Director

Richard Wolownik -
Director

Katherine Mulkey - Advisory Board
 
 
 
 
 
Foster Care Support Foundation is hiring in multiple departments. Email your resume to info@fostercares.org.
 
 
 
 
Help Foster Children With Your Everyday Grocery Shopping
 

If you use a Kroger Plus Card, link it to Foster Care Support (Community Rewards Program #11728) so that we receive a donation every time you shop. If you already have your card linked to us, it may be time to re-enroll.

You can help foster children every time you shop on Amazon. Please sign up for the Amazon Smiles program at smile.amazon.com and choose Foster Care Support Foundation as your charity. This costs you nothing and it is the same prices and merchandise as the regular amazon.com but FCSF will receive a donation every time you make a purchase. Please make sure you log on to smile.amazon.com each time you make a purchase.
 
 
 
 WE NEED BOXES!
Foster Care Support needs large shipping boxes to mail clothing and toys to displaced children outside of metro-Atlanta. Please drop off at the donation center.
 
 
 
 
A Note From Our Founder
Happy Spring Everyone!!!
    After a cold winter season and going through the 17th Prom-A-Palooza, it's great to again see the wonderful items you donated go to children all over Georgia and watch their faces light up.
  Thanks to you, school supplies and backpacks are being provided with our Spring and Summer distribution so the children will ready for the August start of the new school year without making another trip to Roswell. 
    We are unique in such that, unlike other charities who are fortunate to be able to receive revenue from most donated items, our items become our product to give to children. We process millions of items to stock a year's inventory throughout the warehouse in each size, both boys and girls, and both for summer and winter so that no child will be denied as they visit our site. Organizing our warehouse is sometimes overwhelming to many as inventory can spike and lower as we move through different distribution seasons. The process can often be puzzling to those that don't understand how this unique program works so we ask that if you have questions, to please call me. This strategy, with your help,  has enabled us to provide for 60,000 children throughout the years. For your help, we are truly grateful. If you would also like to sponsor a child, you can do so by donating $25 per month for one year.
    Support from the community helps Foster Care Support lessen the trauma of abuse, neglect, deprivation, and abandonment.
    Please remember to share our information with others and like our Foster Care Support Facebook page.

May God Bless,
Rachel M. Ewald
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you!
 
 
 
Thanks to The Atlanta Gladiators Professional Hockey Team for hosting  "Undie Sunday" on March 24th! Attendees donated over 3,000 brand new children's undergarments by hurling the packages onto the rink after the Gladiators' first goal. It was an amazing sight to see!
 
 
 
 
Donors enjoyed a delicious dinner, dancing, and a live concert by The GlowBand on March 8th at The Metropolitan Cub in Alpharetta. Thanks to everyone who attended the fundraiser or purchased silent auction items. Your support helps provide free clothing, toys, and other basic care items to children who enter foster care with nothing.
 
 
 
 
 
A big thanks to the Pajama Program for donating brand new summer pajamas and books! Summer pajamas are always in very short supply each year and receiving this donation helps ensure that "Good Nights are Good Days."
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Spring/Summer distribution season is here!
 
 
Now is the time to request free clothing, toys, and infant equipment for babies through teens in foster care or being raised by a grandparent/relative to keep them out of foster care. Foster Care Support serves all counties in Georgia either by appointment or mail order.
 
 
Click Here to Request an Appointment or Mail Order
 
 
 
Foster Care Support provides free seasonal wardrobes year-round. Each child/teen may receive clothing once for spring/summer (Apr-Aug) and once for fall/winter (Sep-Mar). Infants may receive a new wardrobe each time they change size regardless of season (up to size 12 months), at which time they will receive twice per year as others.
 
 
 
The clothing request link is available on our website www.fostercares.org/services

Questions? Send an e-mail to appt@fostercares.org or call 
404-729-3374 or 770-280-7831.
 
 
 
 
It's a WE thing! Will you help?
 
 
 
 
We need over 11,000 volunteers to help process and distribute items to over 4,500 children expected this year. Individuals or groups of up to 60 can help by processing donations, restocking the distribution center, shopping in our free distribution center to fill mail orders for children outside metro-Atlanta, playing with children or leading crafts while foster parents shop for free items, and more! Check out the list on our website volunteer page and email us if you can help.  We could not accomplish everything we do without the assistance of our wonderful community!
Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am - 5pm at the donation/distribution center (115 Mansell Pl) and Monday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm at the Fostering Hope Bargain Resale Store (608 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite 210).
 
 
 
 
 
Prom-A-Palooza was a great success! High school girls in foster care, relative care, or group homes came to Foster Care Support Foundation on February 17th to select free dresses, shoes, jewelry, makeup, shawls, purses, and more! Thanks to the generous community, teens will be able to experience a magical evening without worrying about the cost of prom attire. A special "thank you" to His Creations Photography for sending each girl home with a printed color photo to remember this special event. In these pictures and this video link is a glimpse of the days' event.

Do you have dresses or accessories to donate? Foster Care Support collections donations throughout the year!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentoring Program is seeking patient, caring adult volunteers to mentor teens who are aging out of the foster care system. For more information and to register for a conference call orientation session, please visit http://www.fostercares.org/mentoring.  We need mentors in the metro Atlanta area: Gwinnett, South and North Fulton, Cobb, Forsyth, and DeKalb.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Being a Hope 4 Tomorrow mentor has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It is hard to believe but I am already six months into my "official" one year commitment. In my case, that particular commitment is now irrelevant because barring any unforeseen events my friendship with my mentee and his family will continue for a long time. I strongly recommend being a Hope 4 Tomorrow volunteer because there is someone out there that really needs you in their life.

-Bob, Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentor
 
 
 
 
The donation gate located at 115 Mansell Place Roswell, GA 30076 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 3pm. We are especially in need of:
    • Shorts and short sleeve shirts for boys, sizes 2t through men's small
    • Short sleeve summer pajamas for boys and girls, all sizes
    • Swimsuits for boys and girls, all sizes
    • For a current list of needed goods throughout the year, go to fostercares.org/help or email info@fostercares.org
    • please note that the needed items list on our website are only those items that we are the lowest on, but not the only items we accept.
     
     
     
     

    Open to the public & 100% of proceeds go back into Foster Care Support Foundation to fund the program for foster and displaced children.

    • Prom, wedding, flower girl, and formal dresses
    • Infant equipment
    • Clothing for the entire family
    • Furniture, wall and room decor, kitchenware, antiques, artwork, tennis and sports clothing and equipment, cleats, dance shoes, infant and toddler equipment and more!
    • All items are 50% to 90% off retail.

    Open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm
    608 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite 210 (by Hobby Lobby, between Tuesday Morning and The Dollar Tree). Please like us on our  Facebook page and share it with others.
     
     
     
     
    Below are photos of just a sample of people from our community who have helped foster children by donating their time, goods, or funding.

    "Not everyone can foster, but everyone can help a child." 
     
     
     

    Foster Care Support Foundation partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Foster Care Support is not federally or state funded but is a public/private partner.
     
     
     
     
     
    Our Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    Super Star Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    Star Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    J. C. Foundation
     
     
     
     
    IMLAY Foundation
     
     
     
     
    Grand Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    Become a sponsor!
    Help Georgia's foster
    and displaced children
    in need.
     
     
     
     
    Gold Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    WFA Foundation, Inc.
     
     
     
     
    Silver Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    Doug and Donna Kallman
     
     
     
     
    Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Lamplighters Class
     
     
     
     
    Bronze Sponsors
     
     
     
     
    Roderick S., Flossie R., & Helen M. Galloway Foundation, Inc.
     
     
     
                Duluth
     
     
     
     
    Additional Programs
     
     
     
    Prom-A-Palooza - Annual event to provide free prom dresses and accessories for teens in foster care, relative care, and group homes.
     
     
     
     





    Hope 4 Tomorrow - Mentoring program to provide guidance and resources for foster pre-teens and teens to help ensure their successful future. 
     
     
     
     




    Non-paid partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
     
     
     
     
     
    Donation/Distribution Center Address: 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076 
    Mailing Address Only: 3334 Trails End Road NE, Roswell, Georgia  30075
    Main Office Phone770-641-9591  Mobile: 770-310-2919
    Main Office Email: info@fostercares.org
    Appointment / Mail Order Phone: 404-729-3374 or 770-280-7831
    Appointment / Mail Order Email: appt@fostercares.org
    Volunteer Phone: 770-375-0865
    Volunteer Email: vol@fostercares.org  
     
     
     
          
     
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