Foster Care Support Foundation
Spring 2017
Newsletter
 
 
 
 

Spring 2017

 
 
 
 
Or mail a check to
Foster Care Support
Foundation
3334 Trails End Rd NE
Roswell, GA 30075
Tax ID: 58-2540031
 
 
 
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Our 2017
Board of Directors
 
 
Steve Baumgardner -
Director

Keith Blair -
Director

Mark Ewald -
President/Co-Founder

Rachel Ewald -
CEO/Founder

David Guess -
Director

Robin Hagemeyer - Director

Donna Kallman - Director

Karen Mueller -
Treasurer

Kathryn Mulkey -
Director

Richard Wolownik -
Director

Caroline Wright -
Secretary
 
 
 
Help Foster Children With Your Everyday Grocery Shopping
 
If you use a Kroger Plus Card, link it to us 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

Also, if you shop on amazon, please sign up for Amazon Smiles at smile.amazon.com and choose Foster Care Support Foundation as your charity to receive a donation every time you make a purchase. It costs you nothing but helps foster kids through FCSF every time you shop.
 
A Note From Our Founder
Happy Spring! 2017 is off to a great start at Foster Care Support Foundation. We received a record number of in-kind donations in December and January, which will allow us to give to children throughout the year. In March, we celebrated 50,000 foster and relative care children served since incorporating in 2000.  .  .
Some stats for foster care in Georgia:
  • In 2015, there were 7,630 children in foster/relative care.
  • Today, there are over 13,400 children in foster care.
  • 31% of children pulled are from drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Over 100,000 grandparents or relatives in Georgia are primary caretakers of their relatives' children with no biological parent in the home and no foster care per diem.
It's truly sad this exists but on a happier note, glad that you are helping us make it better for these children by supporting our Foster Care Support Program.
More children in foster care means higher costs to supply them with their basic care needs. Please spread the word about our need for financial sponsors, either corporate, faith based or individuals. Together, we can help....
Rachel M. Ewald
Executive Director/Founder
Foster Care Support Foundation, Inc.  
 
 
 
 
 
Join us Saturday, May 6 from 10-4 and Sunday, May 7 from 12-4 for our 1st Annual Open House and Tent Sale!


Corporate Tour Day is Friday, May 5 from 11-4.
Tour Foster Care Support and learn what your company can do to help.
Furniture, home goods, and overstock items for sale on Sat and Sun with all proceeds benefiting Foster Care Support Foundation.
Bring the kids for bounce house fun, Kona Ice, crafts, and games.
Food for sale provided and served by Spirit of God church on Saturday. Roswell Kiwanis and North Atlanta Men's group serving Sunday. Furniture donations are needed now and pickup is available by appointment.
***Great opportunity for grads to furnish college dorms!
 
 
 
Prom-A-Palooza
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prom-A-Palooza 2017 was a huge success! Teen girls in foster care, group homes, and relative care traveled from all over Georgia to select a free prom dress, shoes, jewelry, purse, shawl, make-up, and hair accessories. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who donated their time as well as everyone who donated dresses and other items to make the day so special! Due to the generosity of our community, teen girls are experiencing their dream prom this spring!  Following is a thank you note from a very happy grandparent.

Dear Foster Cares Staff and Volunteers,

My granddaughter and I were amazed at the Prom-a-Palooza event! My granddaughter’s anxiety vanished as soon as she started looking at dresses. She never stopped smiling all the rest of the day. I can only try to imagine the hard work that went into the event. The organization was evident. The success of this kind of event does not happen by accident, but only by lots of hard work. My granddaughter and I are deeply grateful. Thank you so much for the continued commitment to foster children and those raised by grandparents.

Respectfully,

Betty
 
 
 
 
 
Set it and forget it!
 
 
 
 
Did you know that Foster Care Support Foundation does not receive any government funding? To help us meet our budget and continue growing our program, we are looking for 1,000 people to donate $20.00 a month for one year. It may not seem like much, but it adds up! Please consider an automatic draft where you can "set it and forget it!" Each month you will be helping foster children get the clothing and other items they need.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hope 4 Tomorrow (H4T) Mentoring Program is seeking patient, caring adult volunteers to mentor teens in foster care, group homes, or relative care. H4T is a one-on-one mentoring program designed to create a strong bond between an adult mentor and a teen of the same gender. Matches are based on a variety of criteria including geographic location, personality, common interests, and goals the mentee and mentor wish to accomplish during their involvement with the program. For more information and to register for an orientation session, please visit http://www.fostercares.org/mentoringIf you know of a foster or displaced teenager age 14 and up that may benefit from having an adult mentor in his or her life, please email mentor@fostercares.org for an application or information. 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring distribution season has begun and we have lots of work to do! Do you have an hour or more to come and volunteer? Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 - 5. To learn more or to arrange a volunteer project for your company, church, or other group, email vol@fostercares.org or visit http://www.fostercares.org/volunteering. We love to know in advance that you are coming, but if you have free time and would like to drop by, please call 770-280-7831 to confirm that we have room (we almost always do)! 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Foster Care Support, 

Our three foster kids want to thank all of the staff and volunteers that helped them with some nice new Spring and Summer clothing on Wednesday. You are always so organized, and also so patient with what must be a really difficult and tedious job.  
 
Thanks you so much for everything. Your ministry is providing so much to so many kids who need it so badly. Our kids have been in foster care for over 13 months now, and I don’t know what we would do without you.  The clothing funds provided by the state aren’t anywhere close to enough to meet their needs. Never forget what a difference you are making!
 
See you in the Fall!

Brenda and Jarratt
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Foster Care Support, 
We came for an appointment on Saturday and we had such a wonderful experience. The people we dealt with are awesome. All of the clothing and toys were in great condition. The girls had a wonderful time in the play room. And it was like Christmas all over when we got home and they opened up their toy bags! Thank you so much for everything!

Anne and Nanny Reba
 
 
 
 
We accept anything in great condition except for used mattresses and large console style tvs. The distribution center donation gate is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 3:30pm and drop boxes are available for after hours donations. We are especially in need of: 

1. New socks, especially teen ladies cap socks 
2. New underwear, especially teen ladies hipster/bikini style, sizes 4 - 8
3. New boys shoes, especially sizes 1 - 4
4. New girls shoes for toddlers, size 8 - 13.5
5. New socks for toddler girls, size 7 - 13.5
6. New or gently used elementary backpacks with characters
7. Lightweight men's summer pajama pants, all sizes
 
 
 
 

Fostering Hope Bargain Resale Shop is open to the public & 100% of proceeds go back into Foster Care Support Foundation to fund the programs for the children we serve.
Located behind Chick-Fil-A in the Roswell Town Center Shopping center at 608 Holcomb Bridge Rd, the shop is between Tuesday Morning and Dollar Tree. Store hours are Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm. New treasures are stocked daily, so stop by to see what you can find! 

We need your donations for the resale shop too! If you are moving or just doing some spring cleaning, save your quality used and like new furniture, home decor, art, kitchenware, knick knacks and antiques for Foster Care Support! Drop off all donations at the distribution center located at 115 Mansell Place. Furniture pick-up is available by appointment.


 
 
 
 
 
IT'S A "WE" THING!
WILL YOU HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2017???
 
 
 
We need over 7000 volunteers to help process items and aid in the distribution to 4000 children during 2017, either by filling clothing orders for kids living outside metro Atlanta, playing with children while foster parents shop for free items, unloading cars from donors or loading clothing and toys into cars for foster parents. As we always say, not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can help a foster child. Below are recent photos of people and organizations from our community who have helped foster children by donating either their time, goods, or funding. 
 
 
 
Leah asked guests at her bat mitzvah to bring new shoes for Foster Care Support. She collected over 100 pairs that the foster children are sure to enjoy!
 
 
 
 
Bank of America volunteers worked in the sorting rooming processing donations and making sure that all of the clothing going to the foster children is in great condition and ready to wear!
 
 
 
 
Third graders from the International Community School in Decatur collected toys to donate to Foster Care Support Foundation and went on a tour to learn how their donations help children in need. 
 
 
 
 
Students from Cornerstone Prep took a break from classes to help us sort clothing, process donations from a consignment sale, and organize shoes. 
 
 
 
 
Volunteers from a North Point Community Church small group sorted and assembled play mats for infants.
 
 
 
 
Baylee, Anjala, and Daphne from Girl Scout Troop 10470 raised money to buy hair accessories, brushes, and puzzles for girls in foster care. 
 
 
 
 
 
Foster Care Support Foundation partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children's  Services. FCSF is not federally or state funded but is a public/private non-funded partnership.
 
 
 
 
 
Donations make it possible to continue serving foster and displaced children throughout Georgia. We give out up to $8 million of in-kind items to foster and displaced children each year and our budget is a fraction of that. You can help us raise the funds we need to make sure the children do not go without necessary basic care needs. We invite you to attend our open house May 6 from 10am - 4pm, May 7 from 12pm - 4pm, or schedule a tour anytime by calling 770-641-9591 or emailing info@fostercares.org. For companies interested in becoming sponsors, corporate tour day is Friday, May 5 from 11am - 4pm. 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Sponsors
Welcome to our newest sponsor, West Midtown Community Foundation, LLC!
 
 
 


IMLAY Foundation
 
 
 
 
Hagemeyer Foundation
 
 
 
 
A Hand UP
Charity Club
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   Roderick S, Flossie R,
&
Helen M. Galloway Foundation, Inc
 
 
 
 


J. C. Foundation




 
 
 
 


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Foster Care Support Foundation, Inc.
www.fostercares.org
 
 
 
 
In partnership with the
Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services.
 
 
        
 
 
Mailing Address: 3334 Trails End Road, NE, Roswell, Georgia  30075
Distribution Center Address: 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076 
Main office phone: 770-641-9591  Email: info@fostercares.org
Appointment desk: 404-729-3374 or 770-280-7831  Email: appt@fostercares.org
Volunteer information: vol@fostercares.org or call 770-280-7831
 
 
 
 
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