DCF to Recognize “Partners For Promise” Supporter for Efforts in Helping Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care Toward Independence

Media Advisory:  December 19, 2012

Contact:  Paige Patterson-Hughes, Communications Director, (954) 410-3931

DCF to Recognize “Partners For Promise” Supporter for Efforts in Helping Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care Toward Independence
Event Recognizes Community Partnership Benefiting Young Adults in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY – The Department of Children and Families will recognize the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) on Thursday for its efforts in helping young adults who are aging out of foster care and becoming independent.

DCF and Vita Nova, Inc. will be recognizing the council, a new DCF Partner For Promise, for their community service in creating and providing large gift baskets for young adults in foster care who are turning 18 and moving toward independence.

NCJW’s LIFT (Living in Freedom Today) efforts initially began as a way to help women leaving domestic violence shelters. Since then, LIFT’s success has been expanded into the “NCJW Gives Kids a LIFT on the Road to Independence” program to assist young adults leaving foster care.

“The generosity of the National Council of Jewish Women has been tremendous,” said DCF Community Development Administrator Clay Walker. “Through this partnership, they are making sure that young adults who are becoming independent are not starting their own first homes empty-handed and without support."

The “NCJW Gives Kids a LIFT on the Road to Independence” program will supply each of the young adults with a suitcase filled with the comforts of home and other necessities. Each young adult will receive towels, sheets, blankets, hangers, shower curtain and as many kitchen supplies as the suitcase can hold. Additional packages containing dishes, cutlery, glasses, cookware, kitchen utensils, cleaning products and toiletries also will be given to the young adults leaving foster care.

The recognition event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Lake Worth Storage facility that NCJW uses for its community service projects. The address is 4166 South Military Trail in Lake Worth.

NCJW’s Palm Beach County Section also supports and sponsors other community events, including care packages for Support Our Troops, the Kids Community Closet, Caridad and Guatemalan Mayan after-school tutoring.

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