Kayle DeFord

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I am so thankful to be working with Safety Net. I was able to work very closely with the organization for almost a full year prior to being involved directly and I absolutely loved the mission of Safety Net and seeing the help they are able to provide for Spokane’s youth aging out of the foster system. When a position opened up last fall, I was thrilled to be able to take on an official role.

For me, it is hard imagine the level of stress and anxiety that comes for so many of our area’s youth as they age out of the foster system. I remember how scared and overwhelmed I was at 18 moving away from home for college even though I had a support system in my family. I have called my parents needing help, whether it was financial or just advice and a sounding board, more times than I can count in my near 15 years away from home. It is truly heartwarming to know that I am involved with an organization that is able to alleviate some of that stress and anxiety and help get someone started on the right foot by helping with a deposit for a first apartment, a bed (sometimes the first they’ve ever owned), furniture, household and hygiene items, tuition for school, counseling, and other very necessary things.

My absolute favorite part of Safety Net is my direct involvement with the kids. I am fortunate enough to be able to take some of them shopping for items they need, meet them at our storage unit to pick out furniture and other items, as well as drop of beds. I have been able to have so many great conversations and hear just how much they appreciate and could not have made it without the help that Safety Net is able to provide. The level of gratitude is unlike anything I have experienced in a very long time.

I look forward to the organization continuing to grow and the list of youth we are able to help getting longer and longer!