Thank you to the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and members for donating 21 holiday gift cards for our local teens in foster care and teen hygiene products for our monthly care packages at the SJCCC Women with Vision Council Chamber's Winter Soiree. Our local teens will enjoy going shopping and picking out their favorite items.
Fostering Connections St. Johns is proud to be a St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce member. We greatly appreciate the Chamber's support of our local teens in foster care!
Thanks so much to Island Prep
for partnering with us to collect toys this holiday season. Student Ellie (daughter of board member Stephanie McFee
) was excited to help us place bins! If you cannot donate toys, please consider donating funds to help us purchase items for foster families.
What A Year! In 2019, Fostering Connections St. Johns:
-Provided 61 care packages to children from newborn to age 17 transitioning into foster care, providing essentials and comfort items to help them transition into a new home.
-Gave clothing and needed essentials to 30 children in the St. Johns and Putnam County foster care system through our Backpack Brigade Closet program.
-Celebrated our local foster parents through donating 63 gift cards for Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
-Hosted a Back to School Bash for local foster families and gave away 34 gift cards for the children to go back to school shopping.
-Assisted with organizing a baby shower for a young adult in the Independent Living Program.
These programs were possible with the support of our donors and sponsors. Thank you for your partnership and support of our local foster families!
Holly Jolly Shopping Spree
Flagler Health +
Ctrl + Alt Design
The Gillis Law Firm
Jacksonville Business Connections
Journey of Faith Christian Church
Clukey & Tebault
Ms. Ronda York
St. Augustine Behavioral Health LLC
The Consulting Firm, LLC
Adam Lynn- Coldwell Banker Premier Properties
Tricia and Paxton Hare
Katy Gillis Fitness
ABA Connection LLC
Kris Phillips- WFOY Radio
Palencia Pet Clinic
Amp Hardcore Gym
Chicken Salad Chick
We are supporting our local youth in foster care through filling the gaps in services, education, and awareness. Together, we can help all youth in foster care reach their full potential.
We are excited for 2020 as we expand our care package program into Putnam County and launch educational programs for our foster youth. We will be sharing our new programs and ways you can give support in our January newsletter.
I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season and New Year!
Aubrie Simpson-Gotham, Founder & President
Exciting News and Recent Events!
Our Care Package Chair delivered our monthly care package delivery to the St. Johns County Family Integrity Program. Children receive a care package filled with essentials; hygiene products and comfort items such as coloring book stuffed animals and blankets when they first enter foster care to help make the transition a smoother one. We look forward to expanding this program into Putnam County going into 2020. Their current need is 20 bags per month.
You can help support our care package expansion by sponsoring a care package each month. For more information, please visit our website!
Bike Build Challenge!
Thank you to our student volunteers from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for helping to put together 19 bicycles for children on foster care to receive for Christmas. They worked very hard to ensure that each bike was put together with love and care. They also helped sort clothing that will help the Backpack Brigade Closet in Palatka get started.