Foster Your Dream Suit Drive

Foster Your Dream, Suit Drive,


2021 is an exceptionally difficult time for our young foster population to enter the workforce. There is a lack of business suits … especially for our young men.  
But we will happily accept business suits for girls, too!

So.  If you have any suits or know people who have any please help!!

The last day for Guilford Connecticut drop off is June 2nd.

BREAKWATER BOOKS 81 Whitfield Street, Guilford Ct 06437 (Thank you Richard Parent and Paul Listro!!!)
OPEN 10-6 Monday through Saturdays and 11-5 Sundays
closed on memorial day

PARK AND REC CENTER 32 Church Street, Guilford 06437 (Thank you Rick Maynard and Matt Hoey)
OPEN 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Fridays
closed on memorial day

The last day for NYC drop off is June 6th. 15 West 72nd Street. Lobby.

The photo above is an artistic 22 year old young man still in the foster system.
His joy at receiving these suits from us prompted our larger suit drive. 
I hope you get as enthused as I am about trying to rustle up business attire for this incredibly deserving population!
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THANKS everyone!
Sue Wolf 
PS our brand new website and 2 years of data was erased by godaddy (no we didn’t have a backup…yikes) so forgive our last posting being March 2019. At some point march 2019-May 2021 will be restored and our clunky site re-imagined. Meanwhile, enjoy our history. We are tiny but we have mighty dreams! Thanks for reading. ūüôā

Foster Your Dream meets Gloria Steinem!

Thanks to the Hope-a-holics we were able to send 38 young people to see GLORIA: A life!

As usual, these are not our foster kids (we can not show their faces due to legal reasons) but we are joining 4 different audiences and¬†they all look somewhat similar to this. ¬†I promise! ¬†ūüôā It’s an amazing fast paced play about Gloria Steinem and it wowed everyone to see how far we’ve come in such a short time and how little we’ve come in such a short time!

Every show invites a celebrity or two and Gloria herself has been known to show up! ¬†One of our matinee groups got to see Karlie Klaus the super-model. ¬†She’s super tall and was super kind in talking to everyone in the audience who wanted to! ¬†She even allowed some selfies. ¬†Obviously those two women below are not foster kids! ¬†But you get the picture! ¬†ūüôā

Foster kids go places in 2018

WE HAD SUCH A GREAT YEAR WE DIDN’T POST MUCH!

The winter took us to BAM film festival where we had 3 large groups of children and their caregivers enjoy awesome films!  

We applied for Corcoran Cares Grant in the winter and we got word in the summer that we will RECEIVE it in 2019! Thank you for Wendy Stark for helping us through the process.  

We took large groups to Teknopolis … ¬†…. Dance Africa …. ¬†(our children are not in these photos as we are not allowed to use them on our website! ¬†The photos you see on our website we take and cover their faces, or show others around them at an event, or get photos from the events themselves! This is just another reason our population is so invisible. ¬†It is considered illegal to use their likeness because their parents have not approved it and they are under 18 and are wards of the state. In other words the state is their parent and they will not approve them being used on the web. It is considered exploitation. ¬†So we do our best!¬†News organizations do have exceptions…which is why the more news coverage #FOSTERCARE can get .. the better!)¬†We also sent one emancipated student to a Cherry Lane theatre acting class! A small but powerful dream come true!¬†THANKS for squeezing us in Reed! ¬†ūüôā

This was just our first half of the year!  Stay tuned for our second half.

 

BAM-tastic events

BAM is one of our biggest supporters. ¬†We had small groups go to many performances of the following BAM-tastic events …

The Toad Knew … a nonverbal rollicking event with acrobatics and water play and a LOT of stagecraft!

The Toad Knew


The Crown Heights film … based on a true story that some of our kids could relate to only too well!

Crown Heights Film and Real Life

A new year of Teknopolis Fun ¬†… we got to bring groups for both days.

Enjoying some virtual fun!

We always have a blast because BAM makes our groups feel free and joyful! Thanks, always, to Ms. D!

Cheese and Nutcrackers

What better way to celebrate the Christmas Holidays but to have Cheese and Crackers?  Chuck E Cheese followed by The Nutcracker at BAM!

Mark Morris Dance Troup’s version of the holiday staple The Nutcracker is pure fun to watch in it’s 1970’s cartoon inspired interpretation! ¬†We brought 7 little girls and their Foster Mom’s for a full day’s outing. ¬†Starting with a party at Chuck E Cheese that included¬†some political inspiration:

Followed by the Ballet The Nutcracker including the girl’s favorite number The Snowflake Dance:

Then some sibling bonding time (the two sisters are split up in two different foster homes so being able to have them share a fun day together was a special treat for FYD.)

Memories are the one thing the children can always take with them.  Thank you Dewonnie Frederick, BAM and all the caregivers who made the effort to get the kids together for the day.  Thank you to Richard Kendall for providing funds for Chuck E Cheese!

Master Harold and a Little Girl

Master Harold and The Boys at The Signature Theatre provided an amazing opportunity for one of our clients to bring her foster family and some of her extended church group ‘village’ to see a play which provided a long post-show discussion about race and feelings about race.

Wow, right? ¬†Some in the group had never been to a¬†play like this¬†but our little client set a shining example of how to absorb a heavy theme like this and then express¬†“sad feelings” about racism during a discussion in the lobby afterwards.

Then we got lucky and Sahr Ngaujah stopped to take pictures with all!

Once again, Colleen Hughes and The Signature Theatre has our deepest gratitude!