Dear Fostering Connections St. Johns Supporters,
I hope you and your families are well. We are glad that the majority of our local families were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Our thoughts remain with residents of the Bahamas who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Fostering Connections St. Johns has been busy working on program development to serve our local foster families. We continue to provide ten care packages each month to the Family Integrity Program. Our Backpack Brigade Closet has recently assisted local kinship care families. One kinship care family that we supported had a toddler who we were able to provide clothing to. Her grandmother was thrilled that she had new dresses to wear to church. Your donations are making a difference in lives of local kinship care and foster families!
We have partnered with Fostering Hope at Fruit Cove Baptist Church by supporting clothing needs for their closet program for foster and adoptive families that they serve in Northwest St. Johns County. Fostering Hope, a ministry of Fruit Cove Baptist Church, provides education programs, wrap around services, and a foster closet to serve the Fruit Cove/St. Johns community. We are so fortunate to have them as a community partner. Fostering Connections St. Johns serves all foster families in St. Johns County. It is great to partnered with an organization that is knowledgeable about local community needs and dedicated to helping foster families. Our goal as an organization is to connect all of the communities of St. Johns County together to support local foster families throughout the county. Fostering Hope was our Craft sponsor for our recent Back to School Bash for local foster families. As such, we are happy to be assisting them at their upcoming fundraiser, Move 5K, to support Fostering Hope. If you are a runner, or love power walking and would like to support their program, please visit the link below for registration info.
We will also be partnering with Flagler Health + and ABA Connection LLC to host a series of workshops for foster parents and community members beginning in November. Please watch our website and social media page for event information - Additional programming will be featured in our upcoming newsletter!
Also, our inaugural fundraiser, Popcorn & Pajamas Family Movie Night, is Saturday, October 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Palencia Park. We will be showing the family film The Secret Life of Pets 2. There will be popcorn, cotton candy, food trucks, vendor booths, and a raffle. The food trucks attending are JoyShtick Food Truck, Pele's Wood Fire Pizza, and About Time Creamery.
It will be a fun family event! Many thanks to our title sponsors Flagler Health + and sponsors O2B Kids!, The Gillis Law Firm, and Palencia Pet Clinic for supporting local foster families. Discounted tickets are available before the event on Ticket Tailor. Click the link to purchase tickets. We look forward to seeing you there!
Fostering Connections St. Johns Founder & President, Aubrie, will be meeting in October with Guardian ad Litems in Putnam County to begin building partnerships to expand our outreach programs in that area. Our board is making plans for our upcoming Holiday Drive for families in the foster care system. More information on ways you can support our collection will be featured in our November newsletter, website, and Facebook page.
We have several fundraisers coming up in November. Thank you to Jacksonville Business Connections ad Holly Jolly Shopping Spree for supporting Fostering Connections St. Johns!
Thank you for supporting local foster families. Your support is helping children in foster care have a better tomorrow!
Aubrie Simpson-Gotham, Founder & President
Fostering Connections St. Johns' volunteer team is expanding! We are in need of volunteers in the following areas:
- Graphic Design Volunteers: Designing infographics for our website,creating logos for fundraisers,designing flyers for special events.
-Videography/Photography Volunteers: Assist with ongoing marketing needs to tell our story and make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care.
-Backpack Brigade Closet: Assisting with organizing and sorting clothing, shoes, and toys in our Backpack Brigade Closet and assisting with deliveries on an as needed basis.
-Advisory Council members
For full volunteer descriptions and to sign up for opportunities, please visit St. Johns Volunteers
Please join us at our October Events!
When & where: Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at World Golf Village Renaissance Resort.
Handmade in the South will feature over 70 handmade and homemade creatives throughout the North Florida Area! Current vendors participating in the raffle include:
Ink Notations LLC
Vonda's Beaded Boutique
The Whale and The Oak
MJ Metal Art
D. Marie Unique Art & Jewelry Ceations
Wired Harmony Handmade Jewelry
Blinged By V
Glass Flower Glasses by Cathy David
Asprika Custom Designs
Weezie's Backpacks & More
Sew a Seed
Willow's Rustic Attic
GeckoGal Gifts & Graphics
Little Hands Farm
Artisan Original Designs
Imaginations Unbound LLC
The Traded Rabbit Co
Kim's Crystal Creations
Kim's Crystal Creations
All Things Ornaments
Butterfly 4 Hope
Make & Take with Young Living Essential Oils by Diane
Essential Vegan Creations
Love Reigns stop
Bite Out of Hunger
Dreaming of Jupiter
The Watkins Company
Stroke of Light Studio
Save the Dates!