What is Safety Net?
Most foster children leave care with a large plastic sack on their shoulder, with all of their worldly possessions stuffed inside, and this is where Safety Net comes in. From a utility bill, to a bus pass to get to school and work, to food for their kitchen, to basic things like a toilet scrubber, these kids need it all. They have never had their own bed; we get them one. They haven’t taken driver’s education classes due to the cost; we help them with the fee. They have nothing to sit on or eat on, so we have them shop the Safety Net store of gently used items. They truly need the community’s assistance, and we are that local help. We are truly the “safety net” that keeps these kids from falling through the cracks. It’s our purpose to let them know they are not forgotten and they are not invisible. They are important and they matter. We meet them where they are. With us, they understand that we care and want nothing more than to see them succeed in life.
Foster Care ends at 18. GROWING UP DOESN’T.
The Safety Net Mission:
Safety Net supports former foster youth in their critical post-foster care years. That means helping them with the resources to stay in school, receive job training, and handle minor financial emergencies when they have nowhere else to turn.
Only 3% kids who age out will earn a college degree.
While the path each youth takes in unique, Safety Net is committed to helping our kids find their way. Consider this, you have been accepted to college, maybe the first in your family! For many of us, this is an exciting time! For those aging out of foster care, it can lead to more questions than answers. What will I do about housing? What if my books are more money than my financial aid? This is where Safety Net steps in.