National Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a great time to increase awareness of the 10,000 children in foster care right here in Washington state and the hundreds that turn 18 and age out of the system every year. Many of them age out into homelessness, some into the traps of sex traffickers. some are incarcerated and others are ???? where?.
The vision of Eileen & Callie’s Place is that every young woman aging out of foster care will have a safe place to live, the opportunity to become independent, and develop the skills needed to maintain a positive and productive lifestyle.
Our 3rd Annual Benefit Breakfast was a success because
YOU gave from your heart! Our generous sponsors covered the cost of the Breakfast allowing every dollar received to be used to train more mentors and support more young ladies aged out of foster care. For those of you who couldn’t attend but gave anyway thank you! Your generosity and commitment is truly appreciated.Our keynote speaker, Salvation Army Captain Lisa Barnes lived in over 30 foster homes before she turned 18. She shared her heartwarming and often humorous story while highlighting the value of the support she received. She now reaches out to all the “little Lisa’s” in and out of the system and encouraged us to do the same.
BRAVE: This Is Me
Mentees Connor and Amy with me and Captain Lisa Barnes at BRAVE: This Is Me, an empowering conference for girls 12-18 years old held on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. Connor and Amy will age out of the system in November when they turn 18.
Mentor & Me
Federal Way School District honored their mentors and mentees at the 2nd Annual Mentor & Me Celebration at Todd Beamer High School. Amy, one of our first mentees, sang a solo at the Celebration. Currently a junior at Auburn High, she will be performing at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center with the school choir on June 12th
Citizen of the Year
It came as quite a surprise when this nomination was made public at the Kent Chamber of Commerce Annual President’s Gala and Business Leadership Awards at the ShoWare Center on May 18th. Though I didn’t win, I appreciate that Eileen & Callie’s Place is being recognized in the city.