'Hope Chest' needed for foster care graduates

Provided by Lubbock Transition Center

When Texas foster care youth graduate from high school or turn eighteen years old, they are required by law to provide for themselves. As foster youth, they typically leave state support with their clothes, personal items, and limited state and federal funds if they are eligible.

Foster care youth in the Lubbock area need household items as they transition out of the state's care and live on their own without the benefit of a family to support them. In partnership with the Lubbock Transition Center, a "Hope Chest" for high school graduating seniors that are in foster care in our area is provided.

The hope chest honors South Plains foster care youth for their perseverance and achievement of finishing high school despite their difficult circumstances. A luncheon is held to pay tribute to them during which new household items are provided for them to settle into their new living situations and responsibilities. They deserve new items for their new start: new towels, new dishes, and new sheets, etc. This is often a life-changing transition and donations to purchase new items make it happen.

If you, your extended family, or your organization would like to sponsor a youth or donate funds to purchase some of the items on the list, please contact us. We will coordinate what is needed and organize the purchase of the items. We are now accepting donations through May 16, 2012.

Guest speakers for the Celebration Luncheon have included the former Director for Human Protective and Regulatory Services for the state of Texas and a county judge who grew up in the foster care system. Graduating students will be presented with the items that your donations purchased along with a certificate from the Governor of Texas. Each organization that participates will be able to send representatives to the Celebration Luncheon, which is TBA.

To adopt a student or learn how to contribute to our foster care youth, contact: Kami Jackson at kami.jackson@bcfs.net or at (806) 781-1179.  Thank you for your time and consideration: Let's reach out and make a difference.