We are currently working on the following programs:
OVER 5,000 Los Angeles Foster Children SERVED
Through donations by individuals, schools, and community groups, we distributed suitcases, duffel bags, comfort items and basic essentials to over 5,000 children and youth in foster care by the end of the 2017. Suitcase and duffel bag distribution will continue at a similar rate for the 2018 calendar year. These items are delivered to the children of Los Angeles as they enter foster care or as they join a loving foster family.
TWEEN / Teen Shopping Days AT THE EMPORIUM
At Hope in a Suitcase "Shopping Days" at The Emporium: Foster Resource and Literacy Center, referred tweens and teens in foster care (ages 9 - 17) can come shop - entirely free of charge - for brand new clothing and basic essentials to fit their personal body types, tastes and needs.
The Emporium is a newly launched, mid-city collaborative effort between Hope in a Suitcase, The Book Foundation and Foster Care Counts. Our coordinated effort at The Emporium is envisioned to provide seamless support as youth mature, to help insure that no youths “fall through the cracks” as they transition from young teens to young adults. Once up to scale, we collectively hope to serve over 1,000 tweens and TAY per year.
By guiding companies, community groups and independent and public schools in Los Angeles in holding clothing drives and suitcase or hygiene kit packing events, we raise awareness among co-workers, school children, parents and education professionals of the challenges faced by foster children. Donors and volunteers carefully choose and pack special items and write personal letters of encouragement. Foster children receive essentials and a message that they are valued. The donating individuals and families develop a sense of understanding, community responsibility, gratitude and the knowledge that their compassion and generosity can help others going through a difficult time.